The Sarmat missile, also known as the “unstoppable missile,” is expected to enter operational alert next month. Russia has previously boasted about its capabilities and speed, with a range of 18,000 kilometers and a speed of almost 25,000 km/h. The missile is designed to hit targets in the West by flying through the poles, making it difficult to intercept with current air defenses.
Last month, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that the defense establishment should finish equipping the army with the new system soon. Recently, Putin has insisted that only administrative procedures remain before the Sarmat missile replaces the Vayboda missile that has been in service since the 1980s. The Vayboda missile was tested no less than 17 times during the Cold War before entering operational service.