Russia unveils new missile that can supposedly take out Texas

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Russia has been in the news lately largely thanks to its attempts to relaunch the Cold War on the internet and its unquestioning support of the Assad regime in Syria. And now it's grabbed attention for another reason: They've debuted the sequel no one wanted to its "Satan" nuclear missile.​​​

The Satan 2, officially known as the RS-28 Sarmat, has been an open secret for a while now as Russia has more or less engaged in the geopolitical equivalent of a marketing campaign. And this is no different, as the first specs were declassified by the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau. On paper, the missile is state of the art, able to evade radar defenses and travel far enough to hit the East or West Coast of the US with a payload that could destroy an area the size of Texas.

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A Russian navy ship and helicopters take a part in a landing operation during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian navy ships during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian military planes and navy ships take a part in a landing operation during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, the head of General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, left, and the head of the main directorate of combat training Lieutenant-General Ivan Buvaitsev head an operation during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian navy ships and military paratroopers take a part in a landing operation during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian navy ships and a helicopter take a part in a landing operation during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian navy ships are viewed through a military helicopter's window during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian navy ships and helicopters take a part in a landing operation during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A tank rolls out from a ship on a landing operation during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian military helicopters and troops take a part in a landing operation during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian armored vehicles take a part in a landing operation during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian army tanks during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian military Su-34 bombers fly during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian military jets fire flares during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian paratroopers descend take a part in a landing operation during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Russia has deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. The drills which began across southern Russia and Crimea earlier this week and involve over 120,000 troops are some of the largest exercises Russia has held for years. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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That said, there's reason to be skeptical of the Sarmat's capabilities. The Sarmat has been rumored to have missed several key points on its development timeline, and modern Russia is notorious for making claims about its military capability that are not backed up by fact. Russia's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov, for example, has had decades of trouble and was recently widely mocked by military observers as it went through the English Channel belching smoke. Last year, Russia's Armata T-14 tank debuted at a Victory Day parade only to break down in front of Lenin's Mausoleum.

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Similarly, Russia is notably talking about the Satan 2 right when the original Satan missiles that carry Russia's warheads are reaching the end of their operational life. So like anything with years of hype behind it, take that hype with a grain of salt. Russia will almost certainly remain a nuclear power, and that's worrying in light of their recent behavior, but the claims of parity, or superiority, to the US nuclear arsenal will hopefully never have to be proven.

(via Gizmodo)

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