Russia test-fires ‘world’s most powerful' nuclear-capable missile

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Nearly two months after invading Ukraine, Russia tested the Sarmat missile, a new nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile.

  • The test was conducted in Palestek, in the southwestern part of Russia.

  • After the test, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that this missile will make Russia's enemies stop and think.

  • The Sarmat missile is a new nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile.

  • It was test-launched for the first time from Plesetsk in northwest Russia and hit targets in the Kamchatka peninsula, nearly 6,000 km (3,700 miles) away.

  • The missile weighs more than 200 tonnes and can transport more than ten warheads.

  • As per Russian media, Sarmat is a three-stage, liquid-fueled missile with a range of 18,000 km.

  • The missile is 35.3 metres long and 3 metres in diameter.

  • The long-range missile has been in the works since the 2000s.

  • Russia's nuclear forces will start taking delivery of the new missile "in the autumn of this year" once testing is complete. 

  • It is among Russia's next-generation missiles that Putin has called "invincible," and which also include the Kinzhal and Avangard hypersonic missiles.

  • It has the highest tactical and technical characteristics and is capable of overcoming all modern means of anti-missile defence.

  • The missile can hit any target on Earth.

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