Putin says Sarmat nuclear missile to be deployed this year

SpaceWar.com reports: “Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile will be deployed this year following US reports that the weapon failed a recent test.

The Sarmat — dubbed Satan 2 by Western analysts — is capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads and is among Russia’s next-generation missiles that Putin has described as ‘invincible’.

‘We pay special attention, as before, to strengthening the nuclear triad. This year, the first launchers of the Sarmat missile system will be put on combat duty,’ he said in a video released by the Kremlin to mark the ‘Defender of the Fatherland Day’ in Russia.

The address also comes a day before the first anniversary of Russia’s military campaign in neighbouring Ukraine.

CNN has cited two anonymous US officials as saying the Sarmat appears to have failed a test this week…”

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