With less than a month to go before a presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin stood before his country’s Federal Assembly and said the military had developed new nuclear weapons capable surpassing American defenses and that the public could enter a contest to name them.
The speech is an annual tradition similar to the US President’s State of the Union. Putin spent the back half of his two hour speech telling the world about Russia’s newest military capabilities and he was not subtle about who those weapons were aimed at.
The first weapon Putin praised was the RS-28 Sarmat, a heavy intercontinental ballistic missile designed to deliver a nuclear explosion anywhere in the world. “With the capabilities for beating missile defense systems, this new system can be used under any conditions,” Putin said. “Let’s now watch a video.”
The crowd clapped as footage of mobile ICBM launchers sat in the snowy Russian wilderness. A missle lifted from ground and into the air and the video cut to computer animation of the same missile flying around the Earth. Its target was Florida’s West coast, an area—Gizmodo pointed out—that’s very close to Trump’s "Winter White House" Mar-a-Lago. It's also important to note that Russia has used this particular 3D rendering of missiles coming down on Florida for years. Here's a video of the same animation uploaded to YouTube 2015.
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