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Russia test fires second inter-continental ballistic missile in 10 days

Russia test fires second inter-continental ballistic missile in 10 days

Russia continues to demonstrate its weapon, after last week’s launching the ballistic missile, the modern Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was launched on Wednesday. It is the second missile test in 10 days, RT reports.

The Russian Defence Ministry confirmed the capabilities of the batch of ICBMs and even released the video of the launch. According to the official data, the launch was conducted on September 12, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwestern Russia by troops of the 14th missile division, which is stationed near the city of Yoshkar Ola in the southern part of central Russia.

The launcher-based solid propellant missile carried its multiple warhead payload to the Kura target range in Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East.

Russian rocket’s characteristics

The Russian missile RS-24 Yars is very powerful, this ICBM is also known as RT-24 Yars or Topol’-MR. According to the military experts, the Russian MIRV-equipped thermonuclear-armed rocket first tested a decade ago, after a secret military R&D project. The new variation should replace the older R-36 and UR-100N that have been in use since 1960s.

Russian rocket division is currently armed with Yars missiles deployed in silos or on mobile launchers.