Russia has concerned the West by releasing photographs of its huge intercontinental missile nicknamed Satan.
The weapon has an overall length of around 112 feet (37.25) meters and nearly 10 feet in diameter (3 meters), while it weighs just over 211 tons with a full load of fuel.
Also in the image is the payload bus which is used to transport the missiles and their nuclear warheads. According to the photograph, the bus can carry up to 14 warheads, in two rows of 7.
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The weapons on board are the R-36M2 intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM. Some of them, perhaps four, are actually decoy missiles to confuse enemies.
The R-36M2, also known as the SS-18 Satan, is currently in frontline service for Russia.
Dmitry Kornev, a Russian military expert who runs the blog Military Russia, posted images of the arsenal taken from Russian state TV.
"Why the Russians have decided to publicly show off these details about the R-36M2 is unclear," reported TheDrive, stating that the images show a very detailed look at the hardware.
One reason may be because the Kremlin intends to replace the system entirely with the RS-28 Sarmat, which the West calls the SS-X-30 Satan 2.
Russia could obliterate the UK with its new hypersonic Satan-2 missile, Putin’s propaganda mouthpiece Dmitry Kiselyov previously said.
“Russian missile Sarmat [aka Satan-2], the world most powerful…is capable of … destroying an area the size of Texas or England," he warned.
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Just days ago the Russian Ministry of Defence said it had 'successfully' tested the Sarmat missile, which can travel at 15,880mph and carry at least 10 nuclear warheads over 6,000km.
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."
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".
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