Vladimir Putin has escalated the fear of nuclear war by displaying what some have dubbed “the most devastating weapon on Earth.”
The father of nuclear missiles dubbed ‘Satan 2’ can travel at hypersonic speeds and reach sections of Europe in seconds.
On Russian official television, statements have been made about “wiping the UK off the map” with a single strike, as well as claims that major US cities could face similar fates.
The Satan 2 is an RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile that weighs in at a colossal 20 tonnes.
Its 11,000-mile range lets it to strike practically any target on the planet, and it can fly over the poles to get to the target faster.
The Satan 2’s hypersonic speed makes it one of the world’s fastest and most indefensible weapons, reaching speeds of about 16,000 mph.
Aside from its range and speed, the Satan 2 offers another impressive feature.
The mega-rocket can carry up to 15 nuclear warheads, seeing it called by Russia’s own Ministry of Defence “the most powerful missile with the longest range of destruction of targets in the world.”
“One Sarmat is minus one Great Britain,” stated presenter Vladimir Solovyov on Russian state television.
The mega-missile, which would be launched from Russian silos, could target London in about 200 seconds. Only 210 seconds after launch, Paris would be annihilated.
With Finland and Sweden seeking NATO membership, an enraged Russia could strike Helsinki with the Satan 2 in just 15 seconds.
Russia’s defence committee deputy chairman, Aleksey Zhuravlyov said: “If Finland wants to join this bloc, then our goal is absolutely legitimate – to question the existence of this state. This is logical.”
With approximately 6,500 nuclear warheads hidden in silos, bunkers, and submarines, Russia now maintains the world’s largest nuclear arsenal.
And Britain has deemed the Satan 2 to be “overkill.”