Russia is preparing for flight tests of its new ballistic ICBM, which it claims can overcome any defense.
The RS-28 Sarmat weighs 208 tons and has a range of around 6,200 miles.
It will carry up to 16 warheads and it is claimed that it could carry a payload capable of destroying an area the size of Texas or France.
The launch of the missile has been rolled back several times due to delays in testing.
But Alexei Krivoruchko, Russia’s deputy defense minister, told military newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda that remote starts are imminent.
He said: “I will find that the Sarmat rocket ejection tests have been completed with positive results.
“In the near future we will begin flight tests of this missile complex.”
Ejection or “pop-up” tests limit firing to the first stage engine, which propels the missile from the silo into the air.
The Sarmat is part of an arsenal of new strategic weapons that Vladimir Putin unveiled in 2018.
Krivoruchko added, “Because of its capabilities, no anti-missile weapon, even the most advanced, can interfere with it.”
He said the West was forced to expect an armed Russia.
One of the missiles is the Avangard hypersonic glider, which, according to Putin, could fly “like a meteorite, like a fireball,” the Kinzhal air missile. a nuclear powered cruise missile and a long-range silent underwater drone.
Sarmat will be on combat duty in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia next year.