Russia will test the world’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile by flying it over the South Pole, according to a report published by the country’s official news agency, which was reportedly partially censored.
The Kremlin reportedly commissioned the first regiment equipped with the Satan-2 intercontinental ballistic missile, known in Russia as the Sarmat, in December.
Vladimir Putin appears ready to flex his muscles and intimidate the West with his nuclear weapons, even though testing of the 208-ton intercontinental nuclear weapon is not yet complete.
Russia’s official Tass news agency reported that “even a truncated LCI (flight development test), and assuming all launches are successful, would require several additional launches, including via the South Pole.”
The South Pole claim was quickly removed from the Tass website but remains in cached versions, it was claimed.
The Tass article, dated November 19, still reports a source described as close to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Speaking about the future of the Satan-2, they claimed: “The first Sarmat regiment, consisting of a command post and several silo launchers, will enter combat duty as part of the Uzhur missile formation of the Forces of strategic missiles in December of this year.”
A second Tass source claimed that the regiment preparing to adopt nuclear weapons is “currently on an experimental combat mission” in terms of the training it is preparing to adopt.
According to the existing practice in the Strategic Missile Forces, Tass explained, “a command post of a missile regiment and two silos are first put into combat duty, then the number of installations is increased up to the full complement.”
Flight tests of Satan-2 – a doomsday missile system reaching speeds of 25,880 km/h and as high as a 14-story tower – are currently being carried out from the Plesetsk spaceport training ground from Kura, in the Kamchatka Peninsula, in the far east of Russia, according to Tass. .
It is known that Russia has only confirmed one successful test of Satan-2 so far, in April 2022.
On September 1, Russian state media reported that the head of the national space company Roscosmos, Yury Borissov, claimed that Satan-2 missiles had been put into combat service.
The following month, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspected JSC Krasmash, which produces the Sarmat system. Reports of the event contradict Mr Borisov, saying the missiles would be put into combat service “in the near future”.
This missile is to replace the Voevoda – or Satan-1 – missile in service since the 1980s.
Satan-2 was first announced by the Russian president in March 2018, alongside other threatening nuclear weapons.