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Russia to start tests of new heavy intercontinental missile in 18-24 months — official

July 21, 2015, 12:22 UTC+3
The third stage of work on designing and developing the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile is under way
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MOSCOW, July 21. /TASS/. Russia’s work on designing and developing the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is at the third stage and tests will start in 18-24 months, Aide to the Strategic Missile Force Commander Igor Denisov said on Tuesday.

"As of today, the third stage of the design and development work is under way. I believe we’ll reach the stage of tests of this heavy missile in 18-24 months," he said.

The Sarmat heavy ICBM is designed to replace the Voyevoda (NATO reporting name: SS-18 Satan) ICBM operational in the Russian Strategic Missile Force, the aide said.

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