The 5 most devastating intercontinental ballistic missiles possessed by Russia, the US and China

intercontinental ballistic missiles ICBM For their acronym in English, they are long-range missiles, from 5,500 kilometers, which allow a country to launch them from its territory and be able to reach other nations in much of the world. They can be armed with conventional or nuclear warheads, one or more of them, which allows attack multiple targets with a single ICBM on this last case.

They are characterized by following a ballistic trajectory, meaning that the ICBM is guided during the first phase of its flight, ascent, and then follows a predetermined trajectory under the influence of gravity and air resistance during the middle phase, suborbital flight, before re-entering the atmosphere and head towards its target during the re-entry phase. They can be launched from platforms such as underground silos, launchers, mobiles, bombers and submarines, they are very fast and they have been used by the nations that possess them as a deterrent and to provide themselves with a rapid response capacity.

Among these powerful weapons, five are considered the most powerful of all: the Trident II, RS-24 Yars, LGM-30G Minuteman IIIDongfeng-41 and RS-28 Sarmat.

Trident II

Launch of a Trident II from the USS Kentucky submarine.US Navy.

The Trident II, also known as Trident D5is an ICBM intercontinental ballistic missile used by USA and the United Kingdom. It is transported on Ohio class submarines and can carry multiple nuclear warheads, up to 12at a distance of up to 12,000 kilometers and a speed of 29,400 km/h. The Trident II entered service in 1990 and since then it has been subjected to successive improvements to increase its precision and range. It is considered one of the most powerful and reliable ballistic missiles in the world and is a key element of both countries' nuclear deterrence strategy. The US Navy and UK Royal Navy strategic systems programs operate the Trident II.

RS-24 Yars

RS-24 Yars.
RS-24 Yars.Sokorus.Wikipedia.

He RS-24 Yars It is a Russian ICBM that has been in service since 2010. It was designed to replace the old rocket Topol-M and can be launched from silos and mobile launchers. The RS-24 Yars can carry reentry vehicles with independent objectives, MIRV by its acronym in English, with up to 10 nuclear warheads. It has a range of around 12,000 kilometers and its maximum speed is 30,600 km/h. It is considered one of Russia's most advanced ICBMs and is operated by the Russian Strategic Missile Troops.

LGM-30G Minuteman III

Launch of a Minuteman III missile.
Launch of a Minuteman III missile.USAF.

He LGM-30G Minuteman III It is an intercontinental ballistic missile used by the United States Air Force. It is the only land-based ICBM currently in service in the US and can carry up to 3 nuclear warheads. The Minuteman III has been in service since 1970 and has undergone improvements to increase its accuracy, reliability and range. It has a range of up to 10,000 kilometersreaches a speed of 24,000 km/h and is stored in underground silos in several US states. The Minuteman III plays a key role in the US nuclear deterrent strategy and is operated by the US Air Force Global Strike Command.

Dongfeng-41

He Dongfeng-41 is a Chinese intercontinental ballistic missile that was first publicly displayed in 2015. It is one of the most powerful ICBMs in the world, with a reported range of more than 15,000 kilometers and the ability to carry up to 12 nuclear warheads at a maximum speed of 30,600 km/h. The Dongfeng-41 can be launched from land mobile platforms, making it more difficult to locate and attack in a possible conflict. The Dongfeng-41 is operated by the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force.

RS-28 Sarmat

Image of the launch of an RS-28 Sarmat missile corresponding to the video that the Russian Ministry of Defense published when announcing the success of the flight test of the weapon.
Image of the launch of an RS-28 Sarmat missile corresponding to the video that the Russian Ministry of Defense published when announcing the success of the flight test of the weapon.RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY PRESS SEFE Agency

He RS-28 Sarmat It is a Russian ICBM, developed to replace the old missile R-36M2 Voyevoda, who joined the Russian Army last September. The Sarmat is designed to be one of the most powerful and advanced ICBMs in the world, with a range of around 18,000 kilometersmaximum speed of about 24,500 km/hand the ability to carry multiple nuclear warheads, up to 10 if they are large or 16 if they are smaller. It is also believed to be capable of evading anti-missile defense systems.