Putin New Missile Does Not Change Anything, UK Official Says
Since a long time, Russia and the Western nuclear states have had the ability to annihilate each other.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Sarmat ICBM was launched Wednesday from the Plesetsk launch facility in northern Russia and its practice warheads have successfully reached mock targets on the Kura firing range on the far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.
It said the launch was fully successful, proving the missile’s characteristics “in all phases of its flight.”
The Russian military said Wednesday it successfully performed the first test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, a weapon President Vladimir Putin said would make the West “think twice” before harboring any aggressive intentions against Russia.
ICBM Is Far From Being Ready
But according to specialists it is doubtful whether Russian army will receive it soon. Because the missile that still requires tests to become operational heavily relies on the post-Soviet technology that was modernised in Ukraine's company which Russian army destroyed. According to local media, Ukrainian engineers involved in the Sarmat's construction immigrated to the West few weeks ago.
"With this new missile Putin makes absolutely no difference to the effectiveness of our Trident nuclear deterrent submarines", the U.K. official stated.
Speaking to senior officials, Putin hailed the Sarmat launch, claiming that the new missile has no foreign analogues and is capable of penetrating any prospective missile defense.
"Putin Has Always Had An Overkill Capability"
But the Western officials also challenged Mr. Putin's idea of a newness of the threat.
Mr. Julian Lewis, the chairman of Parliament's intelligence and security committee, said: "Russia and the Western nuclear states have had the ability to annihilate each other ever since they acquired strategic nuclear bombers, followed by intercontinental ballistic missiles, over 60 years ago.
Putin adding this new missile to his pre-existing 'overkill' capability makes absolutely no difference to the effectiveness of our Trident nuclear deterrent submarines, he added.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said that Russia had given the U.S. an advance notice about the launch in line with the New START nuclear arms control treaty between Moscow and Washington.
Russia properly notified the United States under its New START obligations that it planned to test this ICBM, he said. Such testing is routine. It was not a surprise. We did not deem the test to be a threat to the United States or its allies, he commented.