Russia upgrades facilities to produce Sarmat ICBM

25 March 2020

Key Points

  • Russia has upgraded production facilities to manufacture the new Sarmat ICBM
  • Modern equipment is to account for more than 87% of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces

Russia has upgraded facilities for the production of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a speech in Russia’s Federation Council on 25 March.

“The manufacturing facilities have been modernised in order to launch the serial production of the Sarmat heavy ICBM,” said Shoigu, adding that the Ministry of Defence is reinforcing its deterrence capabilities.

Modern equipment will account for nearly 90% of the Russian nuclear forces’ inventory, according to Shoigu.

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