The Sarmat missile, also known as the RS-18A, is expected to enter operational alert next month. This Russian missile has been touted as an “unstoppable weapon” by Moscow. The missile’s speed is expected to be almost 25,000 km/h, with a range of 18,000 kilometers. Its height is equivalent to a 14-story building.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated last month that the defense establishment should soon finish equipping the army with this new system. Recently, Putin declared that only administrative procedures remain before the Sarmat missile replaces the Vayboda missile that has been in service since the 1980s. The Vayboda missile underwent testing no less than 17 times during the Cold War before it entered operational service.
Despite its impressive capabilities, there are concerns about the Sarmat missile’s design and its ability to penetrate current air defenses. Russia’s boasting about its invincibility may have led some experts to question whether this new weapon will truly be an unstoppable force or just another tool for brinkmanship and intimidation tactics.