Russia set to test ballistic missile that could “obliterate an area the size of France”

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Paul Martin

by: Frances Bloomfield
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

While North Korea has become the primary focus of all things relating to nuclear warfare, Russia has been preparing to test-launch its newest and biggest ever nuclear missile. The so-called “Satan 2” is a 100-ton intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that has been under construction since 2009 and is ready to be tested by the end of the year at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Mirny, Arkhangelsk Oblast. If the initial trials prove successful, then the massive warhead could be in use by as early as 2019.

Also known as the RS-28 Sarmat, the Satan 2 will be replacing the R-36 Voevoda, which the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) called “Satan” in the 1970s. The Satan 2 is said to have a top speed of seven kilometers (km) or 4.3 miles per second, a range of 10,000 km or 6,213 miles, and is twice as light as the original Satan. The missile is said to have been designed to evade anti-missile shield systems and radar defenses.

Moreover, it can deliver over a dozen nuclear warheads of 40 megatons — which is 2,000 times as powerful as Little Boy and Fat Man, the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. The payload carried by the Satan 2 can wipe out France, the United Kingdom, or Texas, according to Russian television channel Zvezda.

The first tests for the Satan 2 were planned as far back as last year, but delays pushed it back to March then April. Speaking to the Kommersant, a source claimed that “The main aim is to check the rocket’s systems at the moment of leaving the silo, the switching on of the Sarmat’s first stage, and the following five seconds [of flight].”

As reported by, the Satan 2 was developed as a part of Russia’s efforts to bolster its military strength. The missile will supposedly be used by Strategic Missile Troops in the regions of Orenburg and Krasnoyarsk, though there is the possibility that it could serve as a carrier for the hypersonic nuclear warhead Object 4202. Sergei Shoygu, Russian Minister of Defense, is said to be monitoring developments on the Satan 2.

Currently, there is no word on where the Satan 2 is being kept,though it could easily reach the U.K. if launched from Russia’s east coast, claimed

The announcement of the Satan 2’s creation has invoked a wide range of reactions. Some, like former United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy Paul Craig Roberts, have warned of its terrifying potential.

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