Russia's Strategic Rocket Force Tests Ejection of Deadly Sarmat Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Russia's Strategic Rocket Force Tests Ejection of Deadly Sarmat Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

The Sarmat system is "powerful and modern and defense systems will not be able to withstand it", Putin said earlier in March.

The heavy missile was test-dropped at the northern Plesetsk spaceport.

The Russian Defense Ministry has issued a statement Friday reporting that they've conducted a second test of the Sarmat system, a super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that is meant to counter growing Western investment in missile defenses.

The nuclear weapon called Sarmat will replace the current Soviet-era missile called Veovoda.

The missile was one of several advanced Russian weapons President Vladimir Putin spoke of in his state-of-the-nation address in early March.

Putin has made much of developing such "invincible" systems as a counter to costly USA missile defense programs. The military said the trial had confirmed its pre-launch and first flight stage characteristics, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The ICMB was sacked for the second time since tests began last December, say Moscow officials.

"No, such a phrase was not spoken during the talk and these reports have nothing to do with reality", the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency. Satan 2 can carry more and heavier missiles and can cross both the North and South Poles.

Experts have questioned how complete some of the new weapons vaunted by Putin are in reality, noting that they are long-term hedges against advances in missile defense technology.

The White House said in a statement that it knows Russian Federation has been developing "destabilizing weapons systems for over a decade in direct violations of its treaty obligations", Fox News said.

Putin has since said he does not want an arms race.

Shortly after last week's call, Trump defended his decision to congratulate Putin from critics who have accused the longtime Russian leader of undermining democracy at home and overseas.

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