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Russia to test it's 'Satan 2' ballistic missile this year

Russia is preparing to carry out test launches of its 100-tonne 'Satan 2' ballistic missile, also known as RS-28 Sarmat. 

The next generation intercontinental ballistic missile  can 'beat any defences' and wipe out entire countries, according to Russia's military. 

The weapon has been in the pipeline since 2009 and is now ready after several setbacks, with initial trials to be carried out before the end of the year, sources claim.

Launches will be held at the Plesetsk testing ground in west Russia and, if successful, the weapon could by in use by 2019 - 2020.

It could deliver warheads of 40 megatons - 2,000 times as powerful as the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. 

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A Russian intercontinental ballistic missile RS-20, a previous model (SS-18 Satan according to the NATO code) takes off somewhere at undisclosed location in Russia in June 2001. Russia claims it is now ready to carry out test launches of its 100-tonne RS-28 Sarmat missile

A Russian intercontinental ballistic missile RS-20, a previous model (SS-18 Satan according to the NATO code) takes off somewhere at undisclosed location in Russia in June 2001. Russia claims it is now ready to carry out test launches of its 100-tonne RS-28 Sarmat missile

SATAN 2 MISSILE

The RS-28 Sarmat missile, dubbed Satan 2 by Nato, has a top speed of 4.3 miles (7km) per second and has been designed to outfox anti-missile shield systems.

It is expected to have a range of 6,213 miles (10,000 km), which would allow Moscow to attack London and other European cities as well as reaching cities on America's west and east coasts. 

Launches will be held at the Plesetsk testing ground in west Russia and if it comes to fruition the weapon could by in use by 2019 - 2020.  

It could deliver warheads of 40 megatons - 2,000 times as powerful as the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. 

Russia has been working on it since 2009.

'The main aim is to check the rocket's systems at the moment of leaving the silo, the switching on of the Sarmat's first stage and the following five seconds [of flight],' a source told Kommersant newspaper.

The RS-28 Sarmat missile, dubbed Satan 2 by Nato, has a top speed of 4.3 miles (7km) per second and has been designed to outfox all anti-missile shield systems, writes The Times.

It is expected to have a range of 6,213 miles (10,000 km), which would allow Moscow to attack London and other European cities as well as reaching cities on America's west and east coasts.

Russia unveiled the first images of its largest ever nuclear missile in October 2016.

According to defence military television channel Zvezda, it could carry a payload able 'wipe out UK, France or Texas'.

First tests were planned for last year but were delayed. There were then further delays in March and April.

The missile will replace the R-36 Voevoda, which Nato dubbed 'Satan' back in the 1970s. 

It will be used by Strategic Missile Troops in Krasnoyarsk and Orenburg regions.

Defence minister Sergei Shoygu is said to be monitoring its development daily. 

It could eventually be a carrier for Object 4202 - a hypersonic warhead that would detach from the missile.  

Each missile contains 10 nuclear warheads, according to pictures revealed online from the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau in October 2016

Each missile contains 10 nuclear warheads, according to pictures revealed online from the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau in October 2016

If a Sarmat missile were fired at London it would wipe out most of Britain, as well as northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands

If a Sarmat missile

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