Russia Conducts Second Sarmat ICBM Test Launch

On March 30, Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces conducted a second ejection test of the RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The test launch took place at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, a spaceport in western Russia approximately 800 kilometers north of Moscow. “The new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile underwent an ejection test at the Plesetsk state test cosmodrome,” a Ministry of Defense statement reads. “The pre-flight preparations were carried out according to plan. During the test, the ICBM proved its specifications within pre-flight preparations and initial stage of the flight.” The Sarmat (NATO designation: ‘SS-X-30 Satan-2’) is a liquid-fueled, nuclear-armed ICBM currently under development. It is scheduled to go into mass production in 2020, and replace the current Soviet-era Veovoda (NATO designation: ‘SS-18 Satan’) ICBM by 2021.