Putin warns new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile will make enemies ‘think twice’

The Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is launched during a test at Plesetsk cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk region, Russia, in this still image taken from a video released on April 20, 2022. - Russian Defence Ministry, via Reuters
The Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is launched during a test at Plesetsk cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk region, Russia, in this still image taken from a video released on April 20, 2022. – Russian Defence Ministry, via Reuters

Russia has successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that will make the Kremlin’s enemies “think twice”, Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday.

Addressing the military, Putin said: “I congratulate you on the successful launch of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile.

“This truly unique weapon will strengthen the combat potential of our armed forces, reliably ensure the security of Russia from external threats and make those who, in the heat of aggressive rhetoric, try to threaten our country, think twice.”

He added that the weapon has the “highest tactical and technical characteristics” and is “capable of overcoming all modern means of anti-missile defence”.

“It has no analogues in the world and won’t have for a long time to come,” he said.

The Russian President was shown being briefed about the missile, which was launched from Plesetsk in the country’s north-west and hit targets on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia’s far east.

The Sarmat is a new heavy Intercontinental Ballistic Missile that Russia is expected to deploy with 10 or more warheads on each missile, according to the US congressional research service.

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