The 100-tonne ICBMs are being introduced as part of Russia’s nuclear modernisation
Although he did not name the new intercontinental ballistic missiles, Russia’s deputy prime minister claimed the missile would be able to penetrate and defeat all American air defences.
Dmitry Rogozin, who is also in charge of the defence industry, said: “These weapons will soon appear in our armed forces.
“These weapons are able to clear the United States’ missile defence both of today and of tomorrow – and even of the day after tomorrow.”
Russia is constantly improving its nuclear deterrence
The missile would be able to penetrate US defences
Russia is constantly improving its nuclear deterrence and it is thought the government could be very close to deploying its new ICBM systems.
While the new weapons has not been named, and no more details have been publicly revealed, experts claim it is likely Mr Rogozin was referring to the RS-28 Sarmat missiles.
The heavy ICBMs are being introduced as part of Russia’s nuclear modernisation, and are currently undergoing the final stages of development.
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These weapons are able to clear the United States’ missile defence both of today and of tomorrow – and even of the day after tomorrow
Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s deputy prime minister
Reports suggest the missile, thought to weigh at least 100 tonnes, will be capable of carrying a payload of up to 10 tons on any trajectory.
Mr Rogozin said: “We can rip their air defences apart; at the moment the US defence shield poses no serious military threat to us, except for provocations.”
It is likely Mr Rogozin was referring to the RS-28 Sarmat missiles
But the deputy PM did not stop there – also boasting about Moscow’s state-of the art tanks currently in production.
He said: “Speaking of tanks, we definitely have an advantage, because the T-14 Armata tank today leaves American and Israeli tanks, not to mention European tanks, behind in terms of technical characteristics.”
Russian military, which first presented the tanks at a Victory Parade in May 2015, are expected to attempt to turn the T-14 into a completely automated system operated solely via a remote control.
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