Russia is rearming with RS-24 Yars thermonuclear 20 Mach ICBM
MOSCOW, ($1=74.94 Russian Rubles) – Bologovskaya missile division in the Russian Tver region this year will be re-equipped with a mobile ground missile system RS-24 Yars, the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation said in a statement, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
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“The rearmament of the Bologovsky missile formation with the RS-24 Yars thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile will begin in 2022,” the Defense Ministry said. Located in the Tver region, the unit is the westernmost division of the Strategic Missile Forces of Russia.
According to the military department, at the moment, preparatory work has already been carried out to re-equip the missile division.
“At present, the Bologovskoye missile unit is on alert on the Topol mobile missile system, the most reliable and most massive in the history of the Strategic Missile Forces. During its existence, the missile unit has changed four types of missile systems,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The department added that out of eight Strategic Missile Forces formations equipped with mobile missile systems, six have already completed rearmament.
According to open data, the Seventh Guards Missile Rezhitskaya Red Banner Division of the Strategic Missile Forces is deployed in the Ozerny ZATO of the Bologovsky District of the Tver Region.
About RS-24 Yars
RS-24 Yars is a Russian thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile. It was first produced nearly 20 years ago in 2010 when the armament of Russian missile forces has gradually continued. It weighs nearly 50 tons, has a diameter of 2 meters, and is 23 meters long. RS-24 Yars can carry at least 3-4 MIRVs with 300-500 kilotons, 4-6 with 150 kilotons warheads.
The RS-24 Yars is launched from a silo and can fly at a maximum speed of just over Mach 20, hitting targets between 11,000 and 12,000 km. The rocket is powered by a solid-fuel engine.
In the period 2012-2020, Russia conducted 10 successful tests of the RS-24 Yars missile, and BulgarianMilitary.com reminded that the first such test was in 2007. The missile is in service only in Russia.
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