Russia has yet again outdone itself with its recent pop song singing the praises of the RS-28 Sarmat. The song, “Sarmatushka,” sung by Denis Maidanov, was released on December 17, 2022, in addition to the music video for the song. Though the music video is a little cringe, the song itself sounds kind of catchy… at first. However, once you dive into the lyrics and the meaning of the song, all catchiness goes away. Maybe for Russia, this song is a banger, but for the rest of the world, it’s cringe-worthy and a downright threat.
Keep reading to learn about the Russian Sarmat and the “Sarmatushka” song.
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The RS-28 Sarmat: Russia’s Son of Satan
The RS-28 Sarmat was unveiled in 2018. This Russia Sarmat has been nicknamed “the Son of Satan.” The RS-28 is an ICBM, meaning intercontinental ballistic missile. Sounds kinda alarming, right? Russia has reported that the missile will be in use by the end of 2022; however, if you’re familiar with how Russia’s military operates, the Son of Satan ICBM probably won’t be in use for a good while.
ICBM Meaning and Data
The RS-28 Sarmat ICBM, intercontinental ballistic missile, was produced by the Russian company Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau. Despite being unveiled in 2018, the development of the Sarmat has been underway since at least 2014. In 2014, Russia thought that the Sarmat would be ready for use by 2020. However, it wasn’t until late 2017 and early 2018 that the RS-28 Sarmat was ready for any kind of testing, much less a launch into service.
In March 2018, the Russian Defence Ministry published a video of the second successful Sarmat test launch.
Only a handful of countries are known to have operational ICBMs: India, Russia, China, France, North Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. ICBMs were frequently used by Germany during WWII to bomb cities in Britain and Belgium. There were even plans to launch it at New York City and a handful of other American cities. Thankfully, those plans were thwarted when WWII ended and Operation Paperclip was executed.
During WWII, however, ICBMs didn’t have the same range or potency as the current ones. The modern missiles, like the ICBM Russia has, could lead to significant damage to “enemy” countries, like us here in the U.S.
The Destructive Capacity of the RS-28 Sarmat
This new ICBM Russia has is not to be messed with. It reportedly has a range of 18,000 kilometers (11,185 miles) and can carry up to 10 tons of nuclear warheads. This means that Russia could easily hit Ukraine with a deadly blow without even leaving their motherland.
The Sarmat is not only a powerful war missile, but it also has some defense mechanisms to it. It’s equipped with several countermeasures to anti-ballistic missile systems as well as a “boost system,” meaning that it can go undetected by satellites with infrared sensors. Additionally, it can carry about 10-15 warheads (the scary kind, not the candy kind).
The range of the Sarmat, combined with its load capacity and boost system, makes the RS-28 Sarmat terrifying. It’s definitely not something to be messed with.
“Samartushka” is a recent Russian military song that glorifies the RS-28 Sarmat. It talks about the prowess of the Russian military and its ability to annihilate any and all “enemy threats,” such as the U.S.
The music video also shows a clip from a speech from Putin stating, “We have a legitimate right to respond. Yes, it would be a global catastrophe for humanity. But why do we need such a world in which Russia does not exist?” as well as clips of the Sarmat being launched.
Some of the lyrics from “Sarmatushka” have been translated. Some of the most “threatening” lyrics are, “Its will is stronger than the Ural Mountains/It’ll scatter our enemies to dust in an instant/It’s ready to carry out the sentence/The U.S.’s air defense is no hindrance to it/It’s not scared of sanctions/For the Sarmat there’s only pleasure/To disturb NATO’s dreams.”
Could Russia be using this song as an unofficial war declaration on the U.S. and other NATO countries? Regardless, this song definitely sounds threatening, but when you watch the music video, it’s hard not to laugh.
The singer, Denis Maidanov, is shown in military uniform, often with a guitar. He’s accompanied by a Russian military band. The music video switches back and forth between Maidanov, the military band, and shots of the Russian military in action. Watching this music video, especially when you don’t understand Russian, can maybe give you a laugh or two. However, when combined with the (very) real threat of an ICBM, it doesn’t seem as funny.
Overall, Russia’s RS-28 Sarmat is pretty intense. With plans to start using it soon, tensions are getting high with this ICBM. Hopefully, given Russia’s track record, the ICBM won’t actually be in use for a while. But in the meantime, cringe with us at this new Russian music video glorifying the Sarmat.
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