Putin warns deadly Sarmat missile will be ready for combat duty by end of year

The first Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile will be on combat duty at the end of the year, Russian President Vladimir Putin has chillingly warned.

The war monger said at a meeting with graduates of higher military educational institutions in the Kremlin that the military had successfully tested the deadly weapon.

The first launch of the Sarmat, also known as Satan II, took place at the end of April and Russian media reports that the head missile regiment is already being prepared to be equipped with the new weapons.

Sarmat is the most powerful missile with the largest range of targets in the world, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Worryingly, Sarmat is capable of carrying more than 10 nuclear warheads over 6,000km and striking the UK.

It has actually been in development since 2018 and will now replace the Soviet-era Voyevoda missile system.

Speaking to Russian TV in April, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Roscosmos space agency, explained that he plans to deploy the "super-weapon" in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, some 3,000km east of the capital Moscow.

He also gushed about how important a moment the test was, adding that the weapon would guarantee the safety of Russians for the next 30 to 40 years.

Putin was also pleased with the test and claimed that current technology cannot defend against the weapon.

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He told defence officials: "The new complex has the highest tactical and technical characteristics and is capable of overcoming all modern means of anti-missile defence. It has no analogues in the world and won’t have for a long time to come."

He also claimed that the show of strength would be "food for thought for those who try to threaten Russia".

Putin stoked fears of a nuclear yet again this week when speaking at the International Economic Forum in his native Saint Petersburg.

The 69-year-old said that high ranking politicians "cling to" rhetoric that "Russia is a threat."

"We are not a threat," he said, quelling any suggestion of a nuclear war, before stoking fears immediately afterwards by adding: "Yet, everyone should know what we have them and that we will use them if we need to protect our sovereignty."

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