As the development of the Sarmat RS-28 missile continues, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin said the Russian army will soon be equipped with new weapons capable of sweeping the US air defense system.
“These weapons will soon appear in our armed forces,” said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin during an interview with Russian television station Rossiya 1 on 19 February. In charge of the defense industry, he did not specify the name of the new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) he spoke of, but nevertheless said that this weapon had the ability to puncture any system American Air Defense Association.
“We can tear apart their air defenses; Apart from the provocations, [the US missile defense shield] does not pose any serious military threat to us at the moment, “he added. Some media reported that the ICBM mentioned by Dmitri Rogozin was likely to be the RS-28 Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, a weapon whose development is included in the modernization program of the Russian nuclear arsenal.
The Russian Deputy Prime Minister also described as “very reliable” the SS-18 Satan missiles that are currently equipping the Russian nuclear deterrent forces. He said the missiles, which were designed from the Soviet era, will remain in service until the new military equipment is operational.
This RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is in the late stages of development in the Makeev ballistic missile construction office. It will weigh at least 100 tons and will be capable of carrying, on any trajectory, a payload of up to 10 tons
Since last May, the United States deployed SM-2 interceptor missiles in the southern part of Romania, on the basis of Deveselu. This anti-missile device is one of the components of the NATO missile shield deployed in Eastern Europe. If the Atlantic Alliance had presented this device as a defense against a possible Iranian attack, the Kremlin was concerned about the possibility of discreetly modifying the missile site of Deveselu in order to be able to To be able to fire Tomahawk long range missiles against Russia.
In parallel, NATO has also sent new troops to Eastern Europe, despite repeated protests from Moscow, which sees it as a threat to its security. For example, at the beginning of January, 2,800 armament units (including Abrams tanks) and 4,000 US military personnel traveled to Poland to participate in military exercises. They were then distributed in seven countries: Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and Germany.