VLADIMIR Putin says Russia is developing an “unstoppable” nuclear missile which cannot be intercepted by any anti-missile system on earth.
The newly developed intercontinental ballistic rocket has “unlimited range”, the Russian leader said in his state of the nation address in Moscow.
Footage shown during his speech apparently showed the new missiles heading toward the United States as he promises to “neutralise” America’s missile defence.
“Russia remained a nuclear power but no one wanted to listen to us,” Putin, 65, told lawmakers. “Listen to us now.”
The glider warhead, known as the Avanguard, is understood to be capable of travelling 20 times the speed of sound – though its true power was not discussed.
“It’s like a fireball guided to its target,” said Putin, who also announced Russia was working on laser weapons systems.
The Russian leader, who has been in power since May 2012, said the missile’s appearance is being kept under wraps.
Putin also announced a web contest to name a new, high-speed underwater dronewhich carries nuclear warheads and can destroy aircraft carriers and coastal facilities.
The Russian military has dubbed the shadowy vessels autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), allegedly capable of deploying missiles with a power of 100-megatons.
Putin sensationally vowed to wage nuclear war on the United States if they attacked Russia, branding Donald Trump’s new nuclear doctrine “worrying”.
The Kremlin strongman said that if Russia was attacked with nukes then he would not hesitate to launch his nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, RT reported.
The country successfully launched its massive Satan Two nuclear missile, a 100-tonne rocket capable of wiping out the UK, in October.
The colossal weapon which can carry 12 warheads at once travelled 3,600 miles towards a ballistic missile test landing site in far-east Russia.
The missile, also known as RS-28 Sarmat, has a range of 6,000 miles and was fired on Thursday night from Plestek Cosmodrome in Oblast, 880km north of Moscow.
The Russian news outlet Sputnik reported in May that an RS-28 rocket is “capable of wiping out parts of the Earth the size of France or Texas”.
On that basis it has been reported that the weapon could “wipe out an area the size of England and Wales twice over”.
It is unconfirmed where exactly the Satan 2s will be kept but they could easily reach the UK if fired from the east coast of Russia.
The Russian ministry said they had “carried out an exercise to manage its strategic nuclear forces.”
Putin today claimed Moscow’s operation in Syria showed Russia’s increased capabilities in the defence sector.
Putin told lawmakers the nation had restored its domestic air defence systems.
The strongman also vowed to cut the “unacceptable” poverty rate in half over the next six years, in a state of the nation address on Thursday.