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Russia claimed today (Friday, November 18) that it "successfully carried out" tests of its nuclear-capable Satan-2 hypersonic missile.
The Russian Ministry of Defence released a statement, in which Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) Colonel-General Sergey Karakaev was quoted as boasting: "Flight tests of the Sarmat missile system have been successfully carried out."
The Sarmat missile, nicknamed Satan-2, is capable of carrying at least 10 nuclear warheads at any one time.
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Worryingly, it can carry those warheads over 6,000km – putting the UK well within striking range from Russian soil.
It was last test-fired in April, with Russian President Vladimir Putin watching on via video link from northern Russia.
The despot boasted at the time that the 15,880mph intercontinental ballistic missile will make Russia's enemies "think twice".
The Russian Ministry of Defence is yet to release videos, photographs or further information about the most recent test launch.
This is in stark contrast to the April test, when further details were released immediately and with smugness.
Discussing the Satan-2, Putin previously bragged to Russian defence officials: "The new complex has the highest tactical and technical characteristics and is capable of overcoming all modern means of anti-missile defence. It has no analogues in the world and won’t have for a long time to come."
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He also claimed that the show of strength following tests would be "food for thought for those who try to threaten Russia".
In May, Dmitry Rogozin, the former head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos and thought to be a close Putin ally, claimed almost 50 Satan-2 missiles were in "mass production".
On 25 June he said: "We are absolutely on schedule, we are now preparing for the second flight test of the Sarmat."
However, the following month he was fired and promised a new job in the Kremlin, which is yet to arrive.
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