Russia test-launched the Sarmat Inter continentaL Ballistic Missile (ICBM) today which carries multiple warheads amidst an escalation of its war with Ukraine.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the launched took place today at 15:12 Moscow time. The launch tasks were completed in full, the Russian MoD's TV channel, TvZvezda.ru reported.
"Russia properly notified the United States under its New START treaty obligations that it planned to test this ICBM. Such testing is routine and was not a surprise. We did not deem the test to be a threat to the United States or its allies. The Department remains focused on Russia’s unlawful and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine," Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby.
"The calculated characteristics of the rocket were confirmed at all stages of the flight. Training (inert) warheads arrived (landed) in a given area at the Kura training ground in Kamchatka.," it said.
“Flight tests of a promising heavy-class missile with multiple reentry vehicle made it possible to assess the correctness of the schematic design and technical solutions laid down during the creation of the Sarmat missile system,” the Russian MoD said.
Today's launch is the first in the state test program. When they are completed, the Sarmat missile system will go into service with the Strategic Missile Forces.
The Sarmat missile is intended to carry nuclear weapons and can reach any corner of the globe.
Earlier it was reported that the first regiment of Sarmat missiles will take up combat duty at the end of 2022 .