Russia’s defense ministry recently announced that the country had completed a test launch of its powerful “Satan 2” nuclear missile, including several launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin himself.
The missile, also called the R2-28 Sarmat, is capable of carrying 12 nuclear warheads.
After a single launch, this missile’s warheads could destroy a significant landmass, potentially an area the size of Texas or a small country, the U.K. Independent reported.
The missile could be capable of carrying 40 megatons of warheads, thus delivering a payload 2,000 times as powerful as the atomic bombs dropped in 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The test was conducted at Russia’s Plestek Cosmodrome. The missile reportedly traveled 3,600 miles before hitting its target — the Kura test range, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
According to the Russian military, two of these tests occurred in the Okhotsk Sea north of Japan. The third was launched from the Barents Sea in the Arctic Ocean.
The missiles hit targets on Russian soil in Kamchatka and the Komi Republic, as well as in Russian territory near Kazakhstan.
The defense ministry released a statement reporting it had “carried out an exercise to manage its strategic forces.”
“All objectives of the training have been successfully completed,” the statement said.
The Kremlin reported that even Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the exercise, personally launching four of the missiles.
The Satan 2 is the third next-generation nuclear missile Russia has test-fired this year.
The weapon has been in the works since 2009, but faced setbacks in production. The Daily Mail’s sources claim the weapon may be usable by 2019 or 2020.
The other two next-generation nuclear missiles tests were conducted in early September, and they also took place at the Plestek Cosmodrome.
Earlier this month, Russia conducted war games on a massive scale, which concerned some NATO countries, including the Baltic nations and Poland.
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