The internet is abuzz with alarming news that Russia has unveiled its newest and largest-ever super-nuclear missiles, the RS-28 Sarmat missiles, nicknamed “Satan 2,” to replace the old SS-18 Satan nuclear missiles that were commissioned during the Cold War.
Kremlin chief engineers recently published chilling photos of the new Russian super-missile that can wipe out the entire East Coast in a matter of minutes. A Satan 2 missile is able to wipe out an area the size of New York State and kill more than four million people in a single blast. It can incinerate an area twice the size of Britain and level an area the size of France or Texas, according to the Daily Mail.
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The Independent reports it is an open secret that Russian President Vladimir Putin, who already has the world’s biggest stockpile of nuclear warheads, has been involved in a project to replace the country’s aging but deadly SS-18 Satan weapons with a new generation of RS-28 Sarmat super-missiles since 2011.
The old SS-18 missiles were first commissioned by the USSR in 1974 during the Cold War.
The new RS-28 Sarmat missiles, nicknamed “Satan 2” by NATO, are currently undergoing a series of tests near Miass, in the Chelyabinsk Oblast, preparatory to deployment in 2018.
But meanwhile, experts have warned that the missiles will be armed with nuclear warheads that will make U.S. atom bombs that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like “popguns.”
According to a statement released by the Makeyev Rock Design Bureau, which designed the nuclear missiles, the new RS-28 Sarmat super-missiles will be armed with 16 nuclear warheads of about 10 megatons each or 10 bigger nuclear warheads of up to 40 megatons, thousands of times as powerful as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki devices.
Paul Craig, the former assistant secretary of the Treasure for Economic Policy, wrote on his blog that the nuclear devices will have the power to “wipe out three-fourths of New York State for thousands of years” and the entire East Coast in a matter of minutes.
The missile is believed to be able to reach a top speed of about 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) per second.
In a statement released alongside the first images of the new super-missiles, Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau told Russian state-controlled news agency Sputnik International that the design of the rockets was implemented in “accordance with the Decree of the Russian Government,” and a contract for the design and development of the missiles was signed by the Russian Ministry of Defense in June of 2011.
“The prospective strategic missile system is being developed in order to create an assured and effective nuclear deterrent for Russia’s strategic forces.”
Russian experts claim that Satan 2 will be able to beat the West’s anti-missile shield defense systems. With a range of 10,000 kilometers, major Western cities, including London, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and cities in the East and West Coasts of the U.S., will be within reach of Russian nuclear strike.
Igor Sutyagin, an expert in Russian nuclear capability, told the Daily Mail that although the upgrade from SS-18 to RS-28 Sarmat missiles comes at a time of rising tension with the West, it would have been necessary even if relations with the West were normal because the SS-18 missiles were overdue for replacement. But he pointed out that Putin was happy to use the upgrade to send a chilling message to the West about Russian nuclear capability.
“The SS-18 is more than 30 years old. It is past its sell-by date,” Sutyagin said. “So even if you had the warmest relations in the world with NATO you would want to update your missiles. But Putin of course is happy for it to be portrayed as an aggressive move. He wants to stress his unpredictability and his importance.”
According to Sutyagin, the new Satan 2 missiles are “not only too fast but they have got rid of the predictable flight path. It maneuvers all the way so it is terribly difficult for any missile defense system to shoot it down.”
The latest disturbing news comes after the Inquisitr reported last week that following rising tensions between Russia and the West, and fears that the Syrian crisis could escalate into a global war, Putin ordered the movement of nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to Kaliningrad in the Baltic Sea, near the borders of Poland and Lithuania, bringing major European cities, including Berlin, within reach of Russia’s nuclear strike.
Putin also ordered about 40 million Russians, about a third of the total population of the big country, to participate in three-day civil defense drills supervised by the Ministry of Civil Defense in preparation for possible nuclear attacks against Russia by the West.
The Russian government announced that it had built enough nuclear bunkers to accommodate up to 14 million civilians in the event of a nuclear attack against the country.
According to state-run Zvezda TV, the training exercises were necessary because “schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow.”
The Inquisitr also reported last week that Putin issued a directive that Russian officials and employees should bring all relatives living abroad back home, ostensibly as part of preparations for a possible war with the West over Syria.
The statement by the Kremlin warned that the directive affected all “administration staff, regional administrators, lawmakers of all levels, and employees of public corporations” and that officials who refused to comply “will put their chances of promotion at risk.”
“This is all part of the package of measures to prepare elites for some ‘big war.'”
The directive from the Kremlin came after the U.S. government said it had withdrawn from plans to hold talks with Russia over Syria and accused the Kremlin of sponsoring cyber warfare against the U.S.
The U.S. government also accused the Russians of meddling in the U.S. presidential election, the Inquisitr reported.
And earlier in the month, Putin canceled abruptly a visit to Paris previously scheduled for October 19 after tensions flared between both countries over Russia’s involvement in the Syrian war.
President Francois Hollande of France said he would ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Russians and the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad in Aleppo.
A Russian policy expert, Fyodor Lukyanov, described Putin’s decision to cancel his visit to France following President Hollande’s comments as “part of the broader escalation in the tensions between Russia and the West, and Russia and NATO.”
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