Russia’s “Satan 2” Missile – Doomsday Revisited
Did Russia have a response to the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense system recently deployed in Romania? They were not happy and claimed it endangered their security. But rhetoric isn’t the bottom line of their response – they have been working on a new missile that is being called a “terrifying doomsday weapon.”
RS-28 Sarmat – “Satan 2“
While Obama has been telling the world about how he’s helping rid the world of nuclear weapons, Russia has been developing an ICBM capable of wiping out an entire nation in seconds. How does that work?
Russia wanted to replace its aging missile, the SS-18, which was active during the cold war.
The Soviets first deployed the SS-18 in 1977 – the missile in its Cold War SS-18 MOD 4 configuration carried 10 multiple independently targeted reentry vehicles each with up to a 750 kiloton yield. An individual warhead had more than 20 times the destructive power of the Hiroshima bomb.
It was specifically designed to attack and destroy American ICBM silos and other hardened targets.
Code named Satan by NATO, the SS-18 MOD 6 version of the ICBM currently deployed by Russia has a single 20-megaton warhead.
The RS-28 Sarmat is reportedly a two stage liquid fueled missile and is said to have 12 separate warheads that can be directed individually and steered upon re-entry. The warheads also reportedly possess stealth capability to avoid radar systems.
Do we have the capability to stop it?
It reportedly has a range of 6,213.7 miles, which makes it capable of attacking large cities on America’s West Coast or even London. Though Russian propaganda touts it as the next answer to nuclear deterrence, we really don’t know much about it other than this scant information.
Russia plans to test fire the new missile sometime this summer. They hope to put it in service by 2018 or 2020.
The missiles will reportedly be housed at missile bases Uzhurskogo and Dombarovsky. Dombarovsky has been the site of missile training exercises.
Will our current capability be enough?
Question: Over the past 8 years we have seen a steady decline in American nuclear deterrence, with aging missiles that have not been upgraded as they should have been. The personnel involved with our Air Force Nuclear program have been involved in numerous scandals, and the President has gone golfing.
Russia has been watching. Seeing the weakness of Obama, watching the upheavals…upgrading their missile program systematically as their “number 1 priority.”
The United States is not without excellent capabilities – we are developing Hypersonic weapons, working on new ships and planes to meet the challenges of the future. We have the Minuteman III ICBM that was test fired in February.
Will it be enough if the need arises?