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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Russia's New Sarmat Heavy Nuclear Missile Delayed Again

Russia is gearing up to test its newest heavy nuclear missile in early 2016, but a working prototype of the rocket is still nowhere to be seen after the weapon's production deadlines slipped again, news agency TASS reported Wednesday.

The Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile is a flagship nuclear rocket project currently under development in Russia as part of the government's program to re-equip the country's nuclear forces with modern missiles by 2020.

An unidentified defense industry source told TASS that the Sarmat prototype would be completed by the end of the year and that “tests could begin early next year.”

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