Development of the rocket "Sarmat" is in accordance with the schedule
According to Y. Borisov, at present, defense industry enterprises are conducting a number of research and development works related to the threats posed by the latest American projects of global impact systems using hypersonic technology. The supply of serial strategic missiles "Yars" and "Bulava" is already underway, and a new product of a similar purpose is being developed. Borisov suggested that by 2020, the Russian strategic forces would be updated not by 70%, as required by the current State Armaments Program, but by 100%.
The Deputy Minister of Defense noted that all work on the new project was proceeding in accordance with the schedule. The result of the project will be the creation and deployment of a new class of intercontinental ballistic missile of a heavy class on combat duty. The missile will receive a divided warhead with maneuvering warheads. According to Borisov, the promising missile will receive a set of means to overcome the enemy’s missile defense. In addition, the characteristics of the power plant will allow you to fly to the target through both the North and the South Pole.
Official information about the project of the new rocket, as always, is not completely complete. The secrecy regime around these works is such that representatives of the Ministry of Defense can read out only the most general information about them, and this does not yet allow for a general picture. Nevertheless, it is known that the new project is called Sarmat and has been developed since the end of the last decade. Earlier it was also reported that the heavy Sarmat ICBM should replace the aging P-36M items. The main enterprise of the project was selected State Rocket Center. Academician V.P. Makeev. In addition, several other organizations are involved in the development of the rocket.
According to the 2012 of the year, the process of creating a promising heavy ICBM will take several years, as a result of which it will be put into service with the Strategic Missile Forces no earlier than the 2020-22 of the year. A little later, representatives of the military department announced other deadlines for completing the work. Finally, at the end of last year, Colonel-General S. Karakayev, commander-in-chief of the Strategic Missile Forces, said that the operation of a heavy-class ICBM would begin at the end of the current decade. The latest statements by Yu. Borisov, namely the fact that the work on the project is proceeding in accordance with the schedule, can be considered as confirmation of the dates named by S. Karakaev.
The technical details of the Sarmat project are still unknown, although over the past time, representatives of the Ministry of Defense have made statements regarding the features of the new rocket several times. It is known that it will be used in the troops as a replacement for the aging P-36M family of missiles. From this we can draw approximate conclusions about its weight and size characteristics and method of basing. Probably, in size Sarmat will not seriously differ from Р-36М. From the factory, the missiles will be shipped in transport-launch containers.
The words of Yu. Borisov about the energy of a promising rocket can speak about the characteristics of rocket engines proposed for use, as well as about the general appearance of the rocket. Apparently, the architecture of the new rocket will use the old developments, with the result that the Sarmat ICBM will receive a two-stage design with a step of diluting the combat units. However, confirmation or denial of this has not yet been.
A prospective missile will receive a divided warhead with several warheads and a complex of means to overcome missile defense. From recent statements by Yu. Borisov, it follows that Sarmat will carry maneuvering warheads that can significantly improve the capabilities of the rocket. The number of warheads is unknown. Since the Sarmat ICBM must replace several P-36M missiles of several modifications, the number of warheads must be at least 7-8.
Despite the lack of specific information, recent reports on the Sarmat project are cause for optimism. According to Yu. Borisov, all work in this direction is proceeding in accordance with the schedule, which means that the SRC them. Makeeva and related enterprises have not yet encountered any serious problems and, as a result, can continue to work on creating a new one. weapons for SMF.
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