Putin announces new high-tech weapons for the Russian armed forces

Updated 21.06.2022 at 17:45

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin met with graduates of the military academy on Tuesday.
  • There he promised that Moscow would “further develop and strengthen” its armed forces – and promised operational readiness of the ICBM type Sarmat for this year.

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Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin has announced that the Russian armed forces will introduce new high-tech weapons. “In addition to the weapons that have already been tested on the battlefield, the first S-500 anti-aircraft complexes have arrived for which there is no counterpart in the world,” Putin said at a meeting with graduates of Russian military academies on Tuesday. In addition, the heavy ICBM Sarmat is being tested and will be commissioned by the end of the year, he added.

In the face of potential military threats, Russia will continue to strengthen and develop its military. “One of the main directions is to equip the armed forces with the latest weapons systems that will shape the combat effectiveness of the army and navy for years and decades,” said the Russian president.

The rocket is said to be able to shoot down satellites in space near Earth

The S-500 is a state-of-the-art anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system with a range of 500 to 600 kilometers. According to the head of the Russian Air and Space Forces, Sergei Surovikin, the S-500 can shoot down satellites and hypersonic weapons in outer space.

The first test flight of Sarmat took place on April 20. A rocket launched from the Plessetzk spaceport in the Arkhangelsk region of northern Russia shortly afterwards hit a test target on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East, 6,000 kilometers away.

A little later, the head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, announced that 50 rockets that could be equipped with nuclear warheads would be put into operation by the autumn. (dpa / mf)

Peskow Kremlin spokesman

Four months after the attack on Ukraine, Russia called relations with the West long-term damaged. “Yes, it will be a long crisis,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with MSNBC, which was broadcast on Tuesday night. “We will never trust the West again.” Since the beginning of its war against Ukraine, Russia has repeatedly made accusations against Western states – for example, for military support in the invaded country.

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