Russia's New Missile Could Destroy Texas-Sized Country

| by Sheena Vasani
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Russia announced it is about to test its Satan 2 missile, a nuclear weapon so powerful it could destroy a country size the of Texas or France in seconds.  

While its official name is RS-28 Sarmat, NATO officials have given the weapon the nickname Satan 2, the Mirror reports. It is a fitting name given it is rumored to be one of the most powerful ever designed, faster than any other missile in existence.

Reports indicate the weapon is expected to have a wide enough range that it would allow Moscow to attack major American cities on both coasts, as well as closer areas, like London.

What’s more, it could be about as dangerous as the Tsar Bomba. Tested in 1961, the bomb was 1,500 times more powerful than the nuclear weapons used on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945, combined. It could potentially kill more than 5 million people.

When the Tsar Bomba was tested on an island in the Arctic Sea, it destroyed wooden houses hundreds of miles from the blast, generating a fireball so intense it could cause third-degree burns on a person 60 miles away, the Mirror explains.

So powerful is the Satan 2, some say it may render other missile systems obsolete.

"In this sense, the Sarmat missile will not only become the R-36M's successor, but also to some extent it will determine in which direction nuclear deterrence in the world will develop," Russian news network Zvedska reports.

While Russia says it will test the nuclear weapon this summer, it will not be actively used until some time before 2020.

Most of the world’s nuclear weapons are owned by Russia and the U.S., the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute May 2014 press release reports.

While both sides report dramatic reductions in the past seven years, this new development may pose a blow to peace activists.

Nine countries own about 15,000 of the world’s nuclear weapons. In addition to Russia and the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea also have nuclear weapons.

Sources: Mirror, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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