“This is truly a unique weapon that will enhance the military capabilities of our armed forces, keep Russia safe from external threats and make those who try to threaten our country with wild and aggressive rhetoric think twice,” Putin said.
“I emphasize that only assemblies, components and parts of the national product were used for the creation of Sarmat,” he added during the televised announcement.
According to Putin, the fifth-generation Sarmad intercontinental ballistic missile is capable of “surpassing all modern anti-aircraft systems”.
The weapon is part of a series of other missiles delivered in 2018 by Vladimir Putin as “invisible”. These include the Kinzel and Avoncord hypersonic missiles.
In March, Moscow said it was using Kinzal for the first time against targets in Ukraine.
Weighing in at 200 tons, the nuclear-capable Sarmat launched its predecessor, the Vovoda missile, at a range of 11,000 km.
In 2019, Mr Putin said Sarmad “had almost no limits” and “was able to target targets crossing the North Pole and the South Pole.”
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