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Russia to use Voevoda missile motor to develop Sarmat ICBM engine
Russia will furnish the advanced Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with an engine that will be developed on the basis of the Voevoda ICBM’s motor, Pyotr Lyovochkin, first deputy chief designer at the Energomash Scientific and Production Association, said on Thursday, March 24.
     
Russia to use Voevoda missile motor to develop Sarmat ICBM engine 640 001Sarmat ICBM's engine will be developed on the basis of the Voevoda ICBM’s engine
     
"We are developing the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile but the engine will be manufactured by the Proton-PM Enterprise [in Perm in the Urals]. We are providing support for its production," Lyovochkin said.

The engine mounted on the Voevoda intercontinental ballistic missile has been taken as the basis in the development of the Sarmat ICBM, he added.

The Sarmat missile is a heavy intercontinental ballistic missile with a warhead that will weigh ten tons.
The Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is expected to replace the Voevoda ICBM, which was made operational in 1988, according to data of public sources.

The Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is planned to enter service in 2018. The prototype of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile was manufactured in the autumn of 2015 but its pop-up tests have not started yet.

As a source in the defense and industrial sector told TASS earlier, the pop-up tests of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile will be delayed as its silo-based launcher at Russia’s northern Plesetsk cosmodrome is unprepared yet.

According to the source, the pop-up tests of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile will be conducted in the second quarter of 2016.
     
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