Posted by: mulrickillion | March 14, 2011

Russia stands up RS-24 ICBM

by Peter Kazimiroff, Jane’s Defence News/IHS(Global), Mar 10, 2011 —

Russia’s new RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was put on combat duty for the first time with the Teikovo missile regiment in the Ivanovskaya Oblast in central Russia on 4 March.

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[Photo/graphics: source: RIA Novosti, 02.12.2010, Russia’s Missile Forces plan to replace the RS-12M Topol-M (SS-27 Sickle) mobile intercontinental ballistic missile systems with new RS-24 Yars ICBMs. Russia’s RS-24 Yars mobile intercontinental ballistic missile system | RIA Novosti image library].

[Russia’s missile forces to replace Topol-M with multiple-warhead RS-24. “MOSCOW: Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) will be rearmed with multiple-warhead RS-24 missiles instead of the RS-12M Topol-M (SS-27 Sickle) mobile intercontinental ballistic missile systems. . . . The SMF said in August that the Topol-M and RS-24 missiles would be the mainstay of the ground-based component of Russia’s nuclear triad and would account for no less than 80% of the SMF’s arsenal by 2016. As of June 2010, the SMF operated at least 50 silo-based and 18 road-mobile Topol-M missile systems. The RS-24 was commissioned in 2010 after successful testing. The RS-12M Topol is a single-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile, approximately the same size and shape as the U.S. Minuteman ICBM. The first Topol missiles entered service in 1985. The missile has a maximum range of 10,000 km (6,125 miles) and can carry a nuclear warhead with a yield of 550 kilotons. Next year the SMF will hold 10 intercontinental ballistic missile launches, twice as many as in 2010, Karakayev said.”Posted by Shaktiraj, AIR ACE: December 2010].

The RS-24 is a modification of the RS-12M2 Topol-M (SS-27 ‘Stalin’). It is a mobile system that is capable of "penetrating highly protected targets", as well as any current ballistic missile defence (BMD) system, according to Youri Solomonov, head of the Moscow Institute for Thermal Technology, the lead manufacturer of the missile. . . .

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