Russia tests ICBM


Reports are coming out of Moscow on Tuesday that the Russian military has completed a successful test-launch of its RS-24 Yars silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in an effort to confirm the reliability of these missiles — and scare the rest of the world.

A Yars was test-launched on Tuesday from Russia’s Plesetsk space center, which is located north of Moscow, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The Yars is one of the most advanced missiles in Russia’s massive nuclear arsenal.

“The test launch of a RS-24 Yars silo-based solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile, equipped with a multiple independently targeted reentry vehicle [MIRV] was carried out by a unit of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Russians claimed that the main goal of the launch was to confirm the “reliability” of a batch of missiles of the same class amid mounting tensions worldwide over nuclear weapons in the hands of unstable governments, including North Korea and Iran.

“The experimental warheads arrived at the designated area at the Kura training ground on the Kamchatka peninsula. The goals have been achieved, all tasks have been fulfilled,” the Russians stated, ominously.

The RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-27 Mod 2) was introduced into service in July 2010. It is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile, which can be fired both from a mobile launcher and silo. It carries ICBMs with multiple independently targetable nuclear warheads and has a range of 6,800 miles.

“The Strategic Missile Forces systematically switch to the mobile and mine-based Yars complexes. The Russian Strategic Missile Forces are armed with such modern complexes by 62%, while by the end of 2017 their share will increase to 72%,” Putin said back in May.

The share of modern weapons in Russia’s Aerospace Forces will reach 68 percent by the end of 2017, and the share of modern armaments in the Navy will increase to 55 percent by the end of the year, Putin added.

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