Russian missile test

Russia test fires a ballistic missile called ‘Satan Two’ that has the capacity to carry 12 nuclear warheads. The rocket, also known as RS-28 Sarmat, travelled 3,600 miles and was fired from the Plestek Cosmodrome.

It ended by hitting a target on the Kura test range.

They also carried out successful ballistic nuclear missile tests on submarines while three bombers hit ground targets with cruise missiles.

In a statement, the Russian military said that their forces “have carried out an exercise to manage its strategic nuclear forces”.

Strategic bombers Tu-160, Tu-95MC and Tu-22M3 also launched cruise missiles and hit ‘ground-based’ targets in Kamchatka, eastern Russia, in the Komi Republic, in the north, and on Russian military terrain in Kazakhstan.

In a statement, the military said: “All objectives of the training have been successfully completed”.

The weapon has been in the pipeline since 2009 and is now ready after several setbacks, with initial trials to be carried out before the end of the year and could be in use by 2019 – 2020, sources claim.

It would be capable of delivering warheads of 40 megatons – 2,000 times as powerful as the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

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