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RECYCLING: Put on combat duty in the late 1980s, the missile was the most powerful of all Russian ICBMs.

ON FRONTPAGE: The Russian Defence Ministry has decided to start recycling Voevoda ICBMs to replace them with Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles, Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov said.

From: 12:th of March 2018.

The Voevoda ICBM was developed back in the mid-1980s, the official said. "Time goes by, technology moves forward, and the system becomes obsolete," Borisov added.

The Voevoda complex with "heavy" missile RS-20B was put on combat duty in the late 1980s. At present, the missile remains the most powerful of all Russian ICBMs. It is still effective for the deployment of the echeloned missile defence system.

Editor-in-chief of Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine, Colonel Viktor Murakhovsky, said that one of the reasons for the recycling of Voevoda missiles is the policy of the Ukrainian administration.

Above image : A nuclear ICBM control station.

"Since there was neither production nor spare parts in Russia, it did not make any sense to restore it: one would need to invest a lot in restoring the production of components that are no longer up-to-date," Murakhovsky said.

The Sarmat missile can be equipped with up to 15 warheads, whereas its range makes up to 11,000 kilometres.

The RS-28 Sarmat (ICBM) comes as a conceptual continuation of the Voyevoda R36M2. NATO's reporting name for the world's heaviest ICBMs is Satan.

From THE POLITICAL AVENUE™: 02 Mar 2018 at 17:57.

In the near future, the Russian army will receive several pre-serial intercontinental ballistic missiles named Sarmat, the head of the Committee of the Council of Federation on Defense and Security, Viktor Bondarev said.

At the same time, he noted that it would be premature to talk about the serial production of Sarmat missiles in the next year or two.

"Their supplies to the Strategic Missile Force are scheduled for 2018-2017 within the framework of the state armament program," Bondarev added.

When presenting the missile in his speech to the Federal Assembly, Vladimir Putin said that the new Sarmat missile would be equipped with a wide range of high-power nuclear munitions, including hypersonic ones, as well as state-of-the-art missile defense systems. Sarmat will arrive to replace the Voevoda missile.