Russia will be adding a new thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic — also known as Satan 2 — to its arsenal as it prepares to phase out its cold war-era nuclear missiles. The new RS-28 Sarmat missile, designed by Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau, will be able to carry warheads 2000 times powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagaski in 1945, reports Gizomodo. The Satan 2 missile is capable of flying undetected by enemy radar defences and has a strike-range of 10,000 km. It is capable of carrying 16 nuclear warheads and achieve speeds upto 7 km per sec. The entire US East and West Coast are now vulnerable to nuclear strikes from Russia. Major European cities such as London and Paris also come under its radar.
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The chief designers from the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau posted an image of the Satan 2 on their website with the following message: “In accordance with the Decree of the Russian Government ‘On the State Defense Order for 2010 and the planning period 2012-2013’, the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau was instructed to start design and development work on the Sarmat.”
Russia announced in 2013 that it would commence deployment of new long-range missile to replace the original Satan missile, which are approaching their end of service. Russian officials say that the Satan 2 will be put into operation by end of 2018 and it will fully replace the old Satans by 2020.
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