The threat to global peace seems to increase day by day as world powers continue to acquire more weapons, intercontinental missiles
In a recent move, Russia test-launched its intercontinental ballistic missile Sarmat, which was delayed way back in 2018
The RS-28 Sarmat (NATO name Satan-II) is reported to be able to carry ten or more warheads and decoys and has the capability of firing over either of the earth’s poles with a range of 11,000 to 18,000 km. It is expected to pose a significant challenge to the ground-and-satellite-based radar tracking systems of the western powers, particularly the USA.
The ten warheads are Multiple Independently-Targetable Re-entry Vehicles and each has a blast yield of .75 MT. The Sarmat will also be the first Russian missile which can carry smaller hypersonic boost-glide vehicles. These are manoeuvrable and hard to intercept. The upgraded electronic countermeasures, guidance systems and alternative warhead carrying capacity make the RS-28 Sarmat ICBM more lethal than the R-36M Voyevoda ICBMs (NATO name Satan) currently in service in Russia.
Some reports say that while the height and weight of Sarmat ICBM are the same as in the older one, it has more speed and high throw weight. However, the Sarmat is a liquid-fuelled missile as compared to US ICBMs which have moved on to solid fuel systems. Regardless of the different propulsion systems, the Sarmat is supposed to pose a significant threat to the US Missile Defence System