Vladimir Putin is warning the West that the biggest beast in his fearsome military arsenal – known as Satan-2 – is close to deployment. Other deadly new-generation weapons – the Kinzhal hypersonic missile and the Peresvet laser system – have been put on “combat duty” already, he claimed.
“The final tests involving the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile have been a success,” he said, according to the Kremlin’s official translation. The Sarmat – known in the West as Satan-2 – is seen as Russia’s most powerful nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile. Initial Russian news reports of Putin’s words at a promotion and awards ceremony for senior officers translated him as saying final tests of the missile were “proceeding successfully”. This is reflected by Putin’s words on video.