Putin Launches ‘Satan’s Missile’: A 4,000 mph Hyper-sonic Killer Named ‘Snowflake’
A 4,000 mph seemingly indestructible intercontinental weapon has come out of hiding and launched by Vladimir Putin. The leader of Russia claims the missiles can “beat any defenses” and is nicknamed; “Snowflake.”
As the former super-power seeks to replace its arsenal of SS-18 Satan weapons, the “Snowflake” Satan 2 missile was shown off during a Victory Day parade in May and successfully test-fired this week. The “invincible” 4,000 mph hyper-sonic weapon emerged from an underground silo and paused as if hovering above the ground.
The Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile – dubbed ‘Satan’s missile’ – then disappeared in a cloud of white smoke from the snow-covered Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia.
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Putin said during his annual state of the nation parliamentary address this month that Russia had begun actively testing the Sarmat – known to NATO as the SS-X-32 SNOWFLAKE.
It is expected to go operational in 2021 with the the Uzhur-based strategic missile force division.
In order to defend against the Snowflake, at least 500 American ABM missiles would be needed, says Viktor Bondarev, head of Russian senate’s Defense and Security Committee.
“That is the conclusion of Western experts,” he claimed.
US officials are warning about the threat from hyper-sonic weapons – those that can travel at five times the speed of sound or more. And the timing is not exactly great, with diplomats from each company being expelled and President Trump ramping up military spending domestically.
The launch comes less than a month after Yulia and her ex-spy father Sergei were left fighting for their lives after they were poisoned with deadly nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury. Dr. Christine Blanshard, medical director for Salisbury District Hospital, said although it was feared they would die, Yulia’s condition had improved.
The BBC has since reported she had recovered at such a rapid speed that she had woken from a coma. The condition of ex-MI6 informant Mr Skripal, 66, remains critical following the Novichok attack. Russia denies any role in their March 4 poisoning, but it is widely believed to have been carried out by Russian agents.
These 100-tonne Satan weapons – which could begin flying in 2019 – will make the bombs dropped on Japan look like “popguns”, some experts say. Others point out that while our Russian enemies are at a distance, we have Islamic activists on every street corner.
Vladimir Putin wasted no time, bragging of his “invulnerable arsenal” but anyone would be a fool not to know the US and China have been developing rail-gun weapons and speed-of-light lasers which travel faster than the “Snowflake.”
“No defense systems will be able to withstand it,” Putin said about the missile during his state-of-the-nation speech.
This comes on the heels of Putin’s re-election and a congratulatory phone call from President Trump — in which Trump reportedly also warned his Russian counterpart, “if you want to have an arms race we can do that, but I’ll win,” according to two officials that spoke to NBC News.
Days before the launch, the U.S. Navy test-fired its own ICMB from a ballistic missile submarine off the coast of Southern California – I saw it and it was fairly awesome – as we say here in So Cal.
Russia's intercontinental ballistic missile test Friday comes days after the US Navy test-fired an ICBM from USS Nebraska, a ballistic missile submarine, off the coast of Southern California (Photo: @USNavy) pic.twitter.com/InbMc3u3iP
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Russia has been working for years to develop a new ICBM to replace the Soviet-designed Voyevoda, the world’s heaviest ICBM and known as “Satan” in the West. That ICBM carries 10 nuclear warheads, the Associated Press reported. Putin announced during his March speech the Sarmat missile was undergoing tests and debuted a video purportedly showing its first test launch, which he said happened in December.
Putin said Sarmat weighs 220 tons and has a higher range than “Satan,” allowing it to fly over both poles of the Earth. He also said it accelerates faster than its predecessor, making it harder for an enemy to intercept it in its most vulnerable phase after the launch. Putin added Sarmat also carries more — and more powerful — nuclear warheads than the “Satan” ICBM.
“You will have to assess that new reality and become convinced that what I said today isn’t a bluff,” Putin had said. “It’s not a bluff, trust me.” “I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful restrictions and sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development: All what you wanted to impede with your policies has now happened,” he said. “You have failed to contain Russia.”
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it was “unfortunate” to watch animation depicting “a nuclear attack on the United States” that accompanied Putin’s speech, calling the video “cheesy” and adding “we don’t think it’s responsible.”
Are you listening Snowflakes?