Russia Shows Off Test-Launch Footage Of Its 'Satan 2' Long-Range Missile

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Putin also said Sarmat could carry an array of warheads capable of dodging missile defenses.

The missile, which was first test-fired in December 2017, was launched from the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russian Federation.

Russian Federation has conducted a second drop test of its newest Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Defense Ministry said Friday. It will replace the Soviet-built Voevoda intercontinental ballistic missile, which is approaching the end of its service life, the Sputnik news agency reported. The Sarmat, which North Atlantic Treaty Organisation named "Satan 2", has been in development since at least 2011 and is believed to be able to carry an increased number of nuclear warheads and has an increased range.

The Sarmat is part of the arsenal of new "invincible" nuclear weapons that Russia's president Vladimir Putin touted at his "State of the Nation" speech in March.

The new launch is shown on a 23-second video from the Russian defence ministry.

The first such drop test was conducted last December.

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"Russia remained and remains the largest nuclear power".

The missile test comes as Russia seeks to explain the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy on British soil earlier this month with a Soviet-linked nerve agent that has resulted in a near-complete breakdown of relations between the United Kingdom and Russia, while the US has firmly supported the U.K.'s response.

President Putin unveiled a suite of other weapons during his speech, including a supersonic weapon that can not be tracked by anti-missile systems.

Putin has since said he does not want an arms race. Then, the month somehow grew more dramatic with the U.S., Britain, NATO, and Russia all expelling diplomats after the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy.

He said the Sarmat missile is "a new weapon in response to the deployment of missile defense by the US overseas".

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