Russia says it will deploy Satan II super-weapon which can hit UK by autumn

Russia has said it will deploy its Satan II "super-weapon", a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), by autumn.

Vladimir Putin recently tested the Sarmat missile, capable of carrying more than 10 nuclear warheads over 6,000km and striking the UK.

The launch this week came after the weapon's development was pushed back for years due to funding problems and technical issues.

It has actually been in development since 2018 and will now replace the Soviet-era Voyevoda missile system.

The autumn deployment target has been set by Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Roscosmos space agency, although western military experts say several more tests will need to be conducted before Satan II sees any action.

Speaking to Russian TV, Rogozin explained that he plans to deploy the "super-weapon" in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, some 3,000km east of the capital Moscow.

He also gushed about how important a moment the test was, adding that the weapon would guarantee the safety of Russians for the next 30 to 40 years.

Putin was also pleased with the test and claimed that current technology cannot defend against the weapon.

He told 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."

He also claimed that the show of strength would be "food for thought for those who try to threaten Russia".

Concerns over the possibility of Putin going nuclear have been growing ever since the Russian president warned western powers that they would see "consequences that you have never encountered in your history" if they tried to stop his invasion of Ukraine.

Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, warned last month: "The prospect of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, is now back within the realm of possibility."

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