On Sunday, the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau declassified the first image of Russia’s super-heavy thermonuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile, the RS-28 Sarmat. The design bureau released an illustration of how the weapon, expected to go into production as soon as 2018, actually looks.
The RS-28 Sarmat is the Russian answer to the threat of missile defense systems designed to undermine the global strategic balance.
“In accordance with the Decree of the Russian Government ‘On the State Defense Order for 2010 and the planning period 2012-2013’, the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau was instructed to start design and development work on the Sarmat. In June 2011, the Russian Ministry of Defense signed a state contract for the Sarmat’s development. The prospective strategic missile system is being developed in order to create an assured and effective nuclear deterrent for Russia’s strategic forces,” the statement at the website reads
The text is signed by chief designers V. Degtar and Y. Kaverin.