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How dangerous is Vladimir Putin’s new nuclear weapon “Satan II”?

Russia has tested a new ICBM capable of launching up to 15 nuclear warheads in a single strike, the Kremlin has announced.

The RS-28 Sarmat, nicknamed “Satan II” by Western analysts, has been hailed by the Russian Defense Ministry as “the most powerful and longest-range target-destroying missile in the world.”

In a televised address after the reported launch on Wednesday, Vladimir Putin warned that Russia’s new weapon “is capable of overcoming all modern missile defense means.” The President added: “There is not and will not be anything else in the world like it. This weapon will give thought to those who try to threaten us in the heat of aggressive rhetoric.”

Introducing Satan II

According to the Russian news agency mugthe Satan II missile has been in development since the 2000s and is intended to replace the Soviet-designed Voevoda, which can carry up to three warheads.

The new missile weighs 200 tons and has a reported range of more than 6,200 miles, enough to “fly over the North or South Pole and hit targets anywhere in the world,” it said The Washington Post.

Moscow originally planned to complete the Satan II trials in 2021, but then postponed the launch for unknown reasons.

Russian state media RIA Novosti reported that the launch took place this week at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk Oblast in northwestern Russia. The missile landed at the Kura firing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east of the country.

New threat?

After the launch, Dmitry Rogozin, director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said tweeted that the new weapon is a “gift to NATO and all supporters of Ukro-Nazism” – an indication of this Russia’s propaganda claims about the war in Ukraine.

Putin said that the “truly unique weapon Strengthening the combat effectiveness of our armed forcesto reliably ensure the security of Russia from external threats and to give food for thought to those who, in the heat of frenzied aggressive rhetoric, are trying to threaten our country”.

Ian Williams, Fellow at the Think Tank Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, said The Telegraph that the missile “is probably the most destructive single weapon on earth”. It “could destroy 10 cities with one missile” since the warheads it carries “can be attacked independently,” he added.

But Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters the US was notified ahead of the launch and viewed the test as “routine” rather than a threat.

The launch was also downplayed by Julian Lewis, chairman of the UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee. Lewis told The Telegraph that “Russia and the Western nuclear powers have had the ability to annihilate each other ever since they acquired strategic nuclear bombers followed by ICBMs over 60 years ago.”

“Putin’s adding this new missile to his already existing ‘overkill’ capability does absolutely nothing to change the effectiveness of ours Trident Nuclear Deterrent Submarines,” he said.

William Alberque, a missile expert at London’s International Institute for Strategic Studies, agreed that “it’s kind of overkill” because “we couldn’t stop a Russian attack anyway.”

“Russia only intends to maintain its superpower status and remind the US that they are still building things to kill Americans,” Alberque said The times.

“Putin’s worst fear is being ignored, becoming nobody. And that will guarantee that people will have nightmares about him.”

The Launch” should also be shown in given Russia’s recent military failures“, called CNNBrad Lendon, Senior Writer for Global Military Affairs. Analysts believe the test “was likely used by Putin as a distraction for his home audience,” he reported.

Phillips O’Brien, Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of St Andrews, drew parallels with tactics employed by Nazi Germany in World War II, tweet that “so much of it stinks of Hitler’s ‘miracle weapons'”.

O’Brien told CNN that Hitler’s guns “were German propaganda to make it look like Germany had a chance of winning the war when things were going very badly. These weapons were common, but their effects were used to distract the German people.”

Likewise, “Putin was trying to make Russians feel confident and proud of their technological capabilities while the war highlights persistent shortcomings in the Russian military’s ability to operate complex systems,” he said.

https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/world-news/russia/956487/how-dangerous-vladimir-putin-new-nuclear-weapon How dangerous is Vladimir Putin’s new nuclear weapon “Satan II”?

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