A prototype of the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile will be built no earlier than in October, and not June as was planned earlier, a source in the military-industrial complex told TASS on Friday.
“According to the adjusted schedule, a prototype of Sarmat will be ready at the end of September or beginning of October. The red line that cannot be crossed is the end of October,” the source said.
Another source in the military-industrial complex told TASS earlier that a prototype of the new missile will be ready in May or June.
More than 60% of the missile’s element have already been manufactured at the Krasnoyarsk Machine-Building Plant, the source said. “The plant is doing its work, it all now depends on whether contractors will deliver components on time,” the source added. Individual components and assemblies, including engines, are now undergoing production tests, he noted.