RS-28 Sarmat is coming on-line in 2022, while good ol' Topol is being retired and is being substituted with RS-24 Yars ICBMs. But again, all of them pale in comparison to RS-28.
Russia is poised to begin test flights of a new liquid-fueled, super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has confirmed. The missiles are expected to enter service in 2022. “Flight tests [will begin] this year and should be completed in 2022. In 2022, the first batch should enter service with the strategic missile forces,” Shoigu said on Friday while visiting Krasmash, a machine-building plant in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.The new RS-28 Sarmat ICBM is capable of carrying 16 warheads. The advanced silo-based system features a heavy liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile, and is to replace the R-36M/R-36M2 Voevoda ICBM. The new missile will be capable of hitting targets using either the North Pole or South Pole route, effectively bypassing any defense system employed by a potential enemy.
The United States also works on some form of its strategic missile forces upgrade but the cost of upgrading US strategic missile forces is astronomical. This is how Congressional Budget Office sees it.
But the general consensus is that the whole thing will exceed $1.2 trillion. Another interesting issue if Ukraine, where previous generation of the Soviet ICBMs, such as RS-36 Voevoda, lovingly called by Pentagon Satan, were produced, leaked information on Satan to the United States. I am sure a lot of info on that missile has been "exported" to the United States, so Russia needed super-heavy ICBM one way or another and Sarmat got the green light, and boy, if RS-36 was called Satan, how do you call Sarmat? The Evil, the Beelzebub, the Most Evilest Satan of Them All? Hey, as long as it works, who cares how it is called. After all, recall that these magnificent C3 ships of the Soviet Navy:
Project 1941 Titan were named by NATO...Cabbage. Well, if Su-57 was given a handle of Felon by NATO, boy, I feel a lot of butt-hurt on NATO's part in failing to find an appropriate (F--fighter planes' names start with this letter) handle for Su-57. How about Falcon, ahh, wait. OK, how about Fury, or Fuse or something, hey, even Flying Fuck will do. But Felon? Russians resolved that issue for themselves in the most practical way possible--they call NATO's equipment as it is called by NATO itself. The only item which ever got its own handle (unofficial) which stuck for it forever in USSR and Russia are Los Angeles class SSNs know all over Russian Navy as Moose (Лоси). So, it is going to be very interesting to observe what final handle will be given to RS-28 Sarmat and I hope it is not a Thug or Gangsta, let alone Cabbage or Shiitake. On the other hand, that last one...