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Launch objectives are fully met: Strategic Missile Forces test ICBM with advanced combat equipment

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Russian troops have tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. This was reported by the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Russian Defense Ministry.

“On April 11, 2023, from the State Central Interspecific Range Kapustin Yar in the Astrakhan region, a combat crew of the Strategic Missile Forces carried out a successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile of the mobile ground missile complex,” the report said.

According to the ministry, the purpose of the launch was to test the ICBM’s advanced combat equipment. It was pointed out that the launch made it possible to confirm the correctness of the schematic, structural, and technical solutions used in the development of new strategic missile systems.

“The missile’s training warhead hit the conditional target at the Sary-Shagan range (Republic of Kazakhstan) with the specified accuracy. The objectives of the launch were fully accomplished,” the Russian Defense Ministry stressed.

On March 29 a comprehensive control inspection of the Omsk missile association began with a command-staff exercise with the Novosibirsk missile formation equipped with the Yars mobile ground-launched missile systems. The maneuver took place in accordance with the Strategic Missile Forces training plan for 2023.

“During the exercise, it is planned to practice maneuvering actions by autonomous Yars SAM launchers, which will cover the territories of three regions.Also, strategic missile forces will conduct a set of measures on camouflage and counteraction to modern air reconnaissance means in cooperation with formations and units of the Central Military District and the Air Force,” the Russian Ministry of Defense stated.

Special attention was paid to the use of UAVs of various modifications.

According to the ministry, a total of more than 3,000 servicemen and about 300 vehicles were involved.

The Yars systems went on combat duty in 2010, after which the Defense Ministry re-equipped units of the Strategic Missile Forces with these GSRKs. They are intended to replace the fourth-generation Topol mobile system, as they are strategic missile systems fifth-generation. The launchers of the Yars systems are equipped with the RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of hitting targets at a distance of 11-12 thousand kilometers.

The SGRK was developed at the Moscow Institute of Thermal Engineering. MIT specialists also created another nuclear weapon carrier, the Bulava missile. According to the authors, these two missile systems “embodied all the best that was accumulated by the experience of the institute’s work.

“These complexes contain a number of new original design solutions, which gives grounds to consider them weapons of a new generation. The mobile ground-based systems with ballistic missiles, which have been on combat duty in the armed forces for a long time, are unsurpassed in their tactical and technical characteristics among similar systems, and many of them have no analogues in the world practice,” the MIT website says.

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