He confirmed tests of a new intercontinental ballistic missile complex (ICBM) codenamed Sarmat. Weighing more than 200 tonnes, the system has an increased range over its predecessor, and is able to fly at minimal altitude, he claimed.
“No anti-missile system – even in the future – has a hope of getting in its way,” said the president.
Russia was developing new underwater drones capable of carrying nuclear bombs, he said. Codenamed Status-6, the drones can travel in deep water at speeds many times that of current submarines, the most modern torpedos and even the speediest of surface boats.