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Russia has recently carried out a successful test of its Satan 2 nuclear missile, the country’s defense ministry said. The rocket, RS-28 Sarmat, traveled 5,800 kilometers before hitting a target on the Kura test range. Three submarines capable of carrying nuclear warheads also carried out successful ballistic missile tests, while three bombers hit ground targets with cruise missiles.
‘All objectives of the training have been successfully completed,’ the defense ministry stated.
According to dailymail.co.uk, the missile is capable of carrying 12 nuclear warheads and wiping out entire countries in a single strike.
Satan 2 is the third nuclear-capable ballistic missile Russia has tested this year, after the launch of two Topol class missiles. The weapon has been in the works since 2009 and is now operative after several setbacks. The weapon could be in use by 2019 – 2020. The new weapon would be capable of delivering warheads 2,000 times as powerful as the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
NATO members challenged Russia over the number of troops involved in the exercise and the figures officially announced by Moscow. ‘There is a discrepancy between what Russia briefed before the exercise and the actual numbers and the scale and the scope of the exercise,’ NATO chief, Jens Stoltenberg, told reporters.
NATO launched its own military drills in response, concerned that Russia was using the exercise as an excuse to place mass forces on Europe’s borders. While Moscow claimed thousands of soldiers were involved in the drills, NATO chiefs said the number topped 10,000 men.