Russia Successfully Test-Fires New RS-24 Yars ICBMs
Russia successfully completed a test launch of a new RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile from a silo at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.
"The main purpose of the launch is to confirm the reliability of rockets of the same class. The warheads successfully reached their target – the Kura testing range in Kamchatka. All aims of the test were achieved", said a statement from Russia's Defense Ministry.
The RS-24 Yars, which is equipped with three to six warheads, can hit targets up to 12,000 kilometers away. It was first tested a decade ago, and has been in use by Russian forces for seven years. The solid-fuel rocket is an upgraded version of the Topol-M missile, and can be launched from both the ground and from a vehicle.
The testing was part of strategic drills announced earlier this month, according to Russia Today.
Previously, Russia tested a submarine-based Bulava ICBM in June, successfully targeting the same facility as in the latest test, located near the Pacific coast in Kura.
A test of its RS-28 Sarmat super-heavy thermonuclear missile could be held in October, the mass media reported, citing a military source.