Putin Launches Terrifying 'Satan 2' Missile Capable of Reaching Vast Swaths of US

Global tensions rise as Putin unveils nuclear stance

by Zain ul Abedin
Putin Launches Terrifying 'Satan 2' Missile Capable of Reaching Vast Swaths of US
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In an alarming development that has escalated global concerns about the potential for a third World War, Russian President Vladimir Putin has activated the deployment of the formidable RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, ominously nicknamed "Satan 2." This move underscores the heightened tensions and the precarious state of international security, as this nuclear missile boasts capabilities that could target nearly the entire United States.

Russia's formidable nuclear arsenal, comprising close to 6,000 nuclear warheads, has been in the spotlight with recent announcements highlighting advancements in missile technology. Among these is the RS-28 Sarmat missile, or Satan 2, a behemoth of modern warfare technology that has reportedly been placed on "combat duty" as of last year.

Measuring an impressive 116 feet in length and weighing 220 tonnes, the Satan 2 is designed with Multiple Independently Targetable Re-Entry Vehicles (MIRVs), enabling a single missile to launch multiple warheads at different targets simultaneously.

Originating as the successor to the Soviet-era R-36 or Voevoda missile, famously known as the original "Satan," the RS-28 Sarmat can reportedly carry up to 15 light nuclear warheads. Its reach is chillingly extensive, with the capacity to cover distances ranging from 6,200 to 11,180 miles, effectively placing all of Europe and a significant portion of the US within its potential strike zone.

Putin's Grave Warning

Putin has issued stark warnings, suggesting that the missile's capabilities should give pause to those engaging in "frantic, aggressive rhetoric" against Russia. He asserts that the RS-28 Sarmat missile stands unparalleled on the global stage, emphasizing its complete domestic production which ensures Russia's independence from foreign manufacturing inputs.

Amidst his annual State of the Union address, Putin issued a dire warning, accusing US and NATO forces of preparing strikes on Russian territory and asserting Russia's nuclear forces are at "full readiness." He ominously cautioned against underestimating Russia's defensive capabilities, hinting at a tragic fate for any aggressor and the grave risk of nuclear escalation.

Since the onset of its military actions in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Russia has not shied away from making thinly veiled nuclear threats against Western nations. In a notable instance, state television presenter Dmitry Kiselyov boasted that the Satan 2 missile could obliterate vast areas equivalent in size to Texas or England, starkly illustrating the catastrophic potential of nuclear conflict in today's geopolitically charged environment.