Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly that an unlimited-range missile had been tested in late 2017, adding that work on the missile had begun after the U.S. announced its withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in December 2001 as a response to Washington's establishment of global missile defenses.
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The energy capabilities of the Sarmat missile system make it possible to use an extended range of combat capability on the missile.
Putin has said this will be combat ready in 2020.
According to the Center's Missile Defense Project, the Sarmat as being able to carry 10 large warheads, 16 smaller ones, a combination of warheads and countermeasures, or up to 24 YU-74 hypersonic boost-glide vehicles.
"This drill worked out the planning, preparation and joint use of Kinzhal air-launched missile systems with the Tu-22M3 missile-carrying bombers", the Defense Ministry said in an online statement Thursday.
The hypersonic Kinzhal travels at ten times the speed of sound and is now undergoing tests in southern Russian Federation.
It is launched from a high-altitude MiG-31 fighter jet and can be fitted with nuclear or conventional weapons with an effective range of 1,250 miles.
Footage shows the Avangard glider, fitted to a ballistic missile, being loaded into an underground silo.
Of those missiles, Russian Federation has since deployed the Persevet laser weapon, is close to completing tests of its underwater Poseidon nuclear-powered drone and is continuing development of the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile.
He also tested the "Doomsday Machine" Poseidon underwater drone submarine, which is equipped with nuclear capable torpedoes.
"Unique characteristics of the Poseidon system will help the Navy to successfully combat aircraft carriers and strike groups of a potential adversary in any oceanic theatre of war and destroy shore infrastructure facilities", warned chief analyst of the General Staff, Admiral Igor Katasonov.
State-funded broadcaster RT said: 'The exact objective of the complex is still kept secret.
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