IMAGES have emerged of Vladimir Putin’s largest-ever nuclear missile – said to be capable of obliterating a country the size of France – as the country prepares for war.
Experts claim the deadly nuke would make bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like “popguns”.
The first ever images of the missile, officially known RS-28 Sarmat, have been released, showing its gigantic shell, which has the capacity to carry up to 16 warheads.
According to Russian media, the chillingly powerful intercontinental ballistic missile could “erase from the face of the earth land plots the size of Texas”.
Worryingly, the missile has been designed with stealth technology which enables it to be fired at a target without being picked up by radar systems.
It is also said to travel at speeds that render most missile defence systems useless.
The missile has been in development at Russia-based Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau for the past seven years and will be ready for launch by 2018.
The Design Bureau, which released the images, said: “In accordance with the Decree of the Russian Government ‘On the State Defense Order for 2010 and the planning period 2012-2013’, the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau was instructed to start design and development work on the Sarmat.
Weapons experts have warned the missile could travel undetected as far as London or the East and West Coast of the US.
Full article: Chilling images emerge of Russian nuke capable of destroying ‘country the size of FRANCE’ (Express)