Russia’s new “Satan 2″ nuclear missile system can’t be stopped, but can destroy an entire nation in a flash
Is the world about to enter a dangerous new nuclear phase that will once again heighten global tensions between superpowers? Yes, if one recent report is to be believed.
As noted by the UK’s Mirror, Russia is gearing up to test-fire a nuclear weapon which supposedly is powerful enough to wipe out entire countries in a single massive strike. The “Satan 2” is rumored to be the most powerful nuclear design ever, and what’s more, it is believed to be equipped with new stealth technology to make it invisible to enemy radar systems.
In what some will surely call a doomsday weapon, when fully developed and deployed it may never have to be used in order to put Moscow at the head of every negotiating table for the foreseeable future. And it is most likely keeping U.S. military and intelligence officials up at night, if it exists, as current missile defenses are quite probably ineffective against such a weapon.
The weapon’s official name is the RS-28 Sarmat, and it is slated to replace existing but aging Soviet-era R-36M missiles, which NATO code-named “Satan” back in the days of the [first] Cold War.
“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,” the Russian news network Zvezda reported.
As noted by The National Interest:
The first prototype missiles have already been built. The first test launches are scheduled for later this year. Should the tests prove successful, the Sarmat will enter into full production so that it enters operational service in 2018.
“The development of the Sarmat silo-based missile system with a heavy missile is nearing completion,” Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev, commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces told the Moscow-based TASS News agency. “It will replace the Voyevoda missile system in the Uzhur missile division and the Dombarovsky position area.”
There is not much hard data available on the massive missile, but what information is publicly known suggests a system that is extremely formidable, like the appropriately named “Satan” system it will replace. That said, Russia did not develop the Sarmat completely from scratch, The National Interest (TNI) reported. The new missile uses a modernized variant of the Voyevoda’s liquid-fueled rocket motors; it will be equipped with four RD-274 engines to power it through its first phase.
The Mirror noted that some believe the 100-ton missile, which has a 10-ton payload, packs enough nuclear explosive power to destroy a country the size of France (or a U.S. state the size of Texas, where a sizable portion of U.S. military power is based).
TNI noted further that U.S. and Western intelligence estimate that the Sarmat may carry as many as 15 independently targeted nuclear warheads, and has a range of 6,000 miles. Once it is deployed it will become the largest ICBM ever built.
“Like other modern Russian ICBMs such as the Yars, Topol-M and the Bulava, the Sarmat is being designed specifically to overcome ballistic missile defenses using a combination of decoys, a host of countermeasures and sheer speed. It might also be equipped with maneuvering warheads—which would make it much more difficult to intercept,” The National Interest reported.
As for the U.S., the Air Force has launched preliminary development on a new Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent system which includes a new bomber, the B-21, to replace existing Minuteman III ICBMs. Currently, the service is upgrading the missiles, but Air Force officials have testified before Congress that they don’t believe it will provide assured deterrence as enemy missile defenses rapidly improve.
In the nuclear age, global conflict on the scale of the world wars is viewed as impossible to fathom, not just unlikely to occur. But if you remove the nuclear-deterrent factor – if somehow, someday, they are taken out of the response equation and not replaced with a weapon equally destructive – we will see war on a global scale once again.
Posted at: May 18 2016 3:37PM
Iran’s top cleric Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called the US an “arch-tyrant and the great Satan”.
“The US is the arch-tyrant and the great Satan. Those who implement US policies in the region are adherents of tyranny,” Press TV quoted Khamenei as saying.
He also accused some Muslim countries of betraying their people by helping the US implement its policies in the region.
“Some Islamic governments are betraying their people and the Islamic Ummah and paving the way for the American influence,” Khamenei told participants at an international Quran competition.
Iran leader predicts Israel gone within 25 years
Sep 21 2015
“I say that you (Israelis) will not see the coming 25 years and, God willing, there will not be something named the Zionist regime in next 25 years“, he said. “With Allah’s help, there will be no such thing as a Zionist regime in 25 years”. “Secondly, until then, struggling, heroic and Jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists”, Khamenei said. The statements, made in front of hundreds of Iranians in Tehran, appear to contrast the more conciliatory tone of President Hassan Rouhani.
According to columnist Aaron David Miller of The Wall Street Journal, the success of the Ira
n nuclear deal this 2015 is not so much reliant on how promising the proposal is. News reports suggest that the United States and our negotiating partners are poised to make concessions that would undermine our ability to ensure that Iran remains without the uranium enrichment capacity and technology necessary to develop nuclear weapons. Wyden said his parents escaped Germany in the 1930s, but not before both of his grandfathers lost their livelihoods and his father was kicked out of school for being Jewish. We can always think of ways of making a deal better. The Islamic Republic supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militants. His latest remarks are likely to be seized upon by critics of the agreement as proof that Iran can not be trusted.
We also have to consider the feelings of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and other friends in the area. Cicilline said the agreement “forces Iran to relinquish its nuclear weapons ambitions and reaffirms, by its own language, that ‘under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop, or acquire any nuclear weapons”. “The mullahs are not part of any regional solution, they are indeed the main source of the problem”, said Ali Safavi of the Washington office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the main Iranian dissident group. Republicans have long criticized the agreement citing reasons that include it being an existential “threat to Israel”, one of the U.S.’s closest allies in the region. The comments from Khamenei, who has the final say on all matters of state in Iran, came after the US Congress began debate on Tuesday on the nuclear agreement reached with Iran. Even if the GOP could muster the bipartisan support needed to override a veto, the other nations involved in the talks have signaled they will go ahead with the lifting of sanctions against Iran. “There are those [in Iran] who insist to dress the Big Satan America in costumes, and paint it as an angel”, he said. NYSE
(Reuters) – Iran’s supreme leader said on Sunday he could accept a compromise in nuclear talks and gave his strongest defense yet of President Hassan Rouhani’s decision to negotiate with the West, a policy opposed by powerful hardliners at home.
As his foreign minister met counterparties in the talks at a conference in Munich, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he “firmly” backed a fair nuclear deal.
“I would go along with any agreement that could be made. Of course, if it is not a bad deal. No agreement is better than an agreement which runs contrary to our nation’s interests,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iranian air force personnel, according to official news agencies.
In a speech that still underlined his suspicions about Western nations that he characterized as “bullies”, Khamenei backed Rouhani’s negotiations with them and said any workable deal would mean both sides easing their demands.
“As the president said, negotiations mean reaching a common point. Therefore, the other party … should not expect its illogical expectations to be materialized. This means that one side would not end up getting all it wants.”
“I am for reaching a good settlement and the Iranian nation too will certainly not oppose any deal to uphold its dignity and integrity,” Khamenei said, an apparent warning to hardliners that they might have to accept a deal with powers including the United States, commonly known in Iran as “the Great Satan”.
Negotiators have set a June 30 final deadline for an accord, and Western officials have said they aim to agree on the substance of such a deal by March.
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will address the U.S. Congress on Iran on March 3 — to the annoyance of the Obama administration — said: “We will do everything and will take any action to foil this bad and dangerous agreement.”
“World powers and Iran are charging ahead to an agreement that would allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weaponry, something that would imperil the existence of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu told his weekly cabinet meeting.
The nuclear talks with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and France are aimed at clinching an accord that would ease Western concerns that Tehran could pursue a convert nuclear weapons program, in return for the lifting of sanctions that have ravaged the Iranian economy.
Major sticking points are the pace at which sanctions would be removed, the size of Iran’s nuclear fuel-producing capacity — a key consideration in preventing any output of bomb material — and the length of any agreement.
“Our (nuclear) negotiators are trying to take the weapon of sanctions away from the enemy. If they can, so much the better. If they fail, everyone should know there are many ways at our disposal to dull this weapon,” Khamenei said.
Any deal “must be concluded in one stage and consist of clear and detailed specifications, and not subject to (various) interpretations,” he said.
“Given our past experience in dealing with the (West), a final draft must not leave any room for the other side to repeatedly extract concessions.”
Separately, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denied on Sunday a Reuters report quoting unidentified senior Iranian officials saying he had told the United States during the talks that Rouhani’s political clout would be heavily damaged if negotiations failed.
“I believe the entire Iranian population understands that this government, that Dr Rouhani, his administration and the government in its entirety supported our efforts in the negotiations,” Zarif told a security conference in Munich where he met counterparties in the negotiations, in what he called a “very serious discussion”.
“Everybody has taken every necessary measure to make sure we succeed. All Iranians know this. If we fail, and I hope we won’t, they (Iranians) will not consider us responsible for that failure. They will consider attempts (to ask) too much from Iran as a reason for failure.”
Zarif said it was in everyone’s interest to seal an agreement by the June 30 deadline, but added: “I don’t think if we don’t have an agreement it will be the end of the world.”
Tehran threatens Israel after strike attributed to the IAF killed six Hezbollah fighters and six Iranian military men, including a general.
Published: 01.20.15, 14:45 / Israel News
After confirming one of its generals was among those killed in an airstrike attributed to Israel in the Syrian Golan on Sunday, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said Tuesday that Israel should expect “devastating thunderbolts” in response to the attack.
This, Mohammad Ali Jafari said, will be “a new beginning point for the imminent collapse of the Zionist Regime.”
Tensions in the Golan Heights have been high since Sunday, when a helicopter fired two missiles, killing Jihad Mughniyeh, Hezbollah’s commander of the Syrian Golan sector and the son of master terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, along with five other Hezbollah fighters and six Iranian military personnel – including Iranian General Mohammed Ali Allah Dadi of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The attack was largely attributed to Israel, but so the IDF has neither confirmed nor denied the reports.
Meanwhile, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said Tuesday in a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu that “the terrorist act by the Zionist regime in the Golan Heights was the continuation of the regime’s crimes in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon and their open support for Takfiri terrorists.”
The IDF raised its alert level on the northern front on Monday, in positions along the border with Syrian and Lebanon, as foreign media outlets reported that Iron Dome batteries were being deployed in the North.
Apart from the deployment of the missile interceptor batteries on the northern front – reported by Sky News in Arabic – there has not been a significant reinforcement of the forces on the border.
Yet, there are concerns in the security establishment that Hezbollah will attempt a retaliatory terror attack against Israeli forces which operate along the border. Thus, the soldiers were ordered to increase their level of alert and preparedness.
The international community is also concerned of a retalitory attack – France and the United States were working together on the diplomatic level in an attempt to keep restraint among all sides, Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar reported.
Hezbollah sources told the paper the organization’s response to the attack will likely happen outside of Lebanon.
Newspapers affiliated with Hezbollah estimated that organization chief Hassan Nasrallah will make a speech soon to respond to the attack. Nasrallah was scheduled to speak on February 16 on the 7th anniversary of Imad Mughniyeh’s death, as he does every year, but some believe he will speak as early as next week.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Muslims across the world to unite against Israel over the ongoing crisis in Gaza.
Stating that Israel is benefiting from the “Islamic world’s negligence”, Khamenei hailed Iran’s standpoint on the conflict.
“Zionists are committing these crimes taking advantage of the Islamic world’s negligence. The massacre in Gaza by Zionists should awaken Muslim governments and nations to leave any discord and get united,” he said at a meeting, which was also attended by Iran’s President Hassan Rohani and other cabinet members.
The Iranian administration has also been condemning Israeli forces for their deadly attacks that have claimed a number Palestinian civilians.
Ali Akbar Velayati, a top aide of Khamenei on international affairs, said in a statement: “The horrifying and savage crimes of the Zionist regime against the defenceless people of Gaza once again unveiled the savagery, war-mongering and aggressive nature of this regime to the people of the world.”
“All Muslims are duty-bound to maintain their vigilance in order not to be entangled in the pre-planned scenario of the Zionist enemy and make growing efforts, more than ever, to defuse the Zionist enemy’s objectives through a proper understanding of the realities and the regional developments as well as maintaining their unity, solidarity and consensus.”
The latest remarks follow the promise of Hossein Sheikholeslam, Iran’s director general of the parliament of international affairs, to support the cause of Palestinians “with all its might”.
In the week-long confrontation, at least 178 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,000 injured. So far there have been no casualties on the Israeli side.
Khamenei: Nuclear Talks Expose “Enmity” of U.S. “Satan”
by TheTower.org Staff | 01.10.14 10:39 am
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out against the United States on Thursday.
“We had announced previously that on certain issues, if we feel it is expedient, we would negotiate with the Satan (the United States) to deter its evil,” Khamenei told a gathering, reported by the official IRNA news agency. “The nuclear talks showed the enmity of America against Iran, Iranians, Islam and Muslims.”
The statements came amid growing concerns – including from largely sympathetic outlets corners – that Iranian president Hassan Rouhani lacks the will or ability to substantially change Iranian domestic and foreign policy. By law and assisted by raw political power, the Supreme Leader controls among other things Iran’s foreign policy. For his part Rouhani used to be openly acknowledged as close to Khamenei – a Reuters article from 2008 is to the point, and the characterization seems straightforwardly accurate – but since his election he has been framed by Western media outlets as a moderate opponent of the regime. It is not yet clear to what extent the White House will condemn Khamenei’s remarks. The administration was markedly slow in condemning past inflamatory statements by Khamenei.