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Russian Strategic Missile Forces: constantly on standby

December 17, 2015, 10:53 UTC+3

Russian Strategic Missile Forces were created on December 17, 1959

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RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-27 Mod 2) is a Russian MIRV-equipped, thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile. Photo: Mobile ground-based system RS-24 Yars at the Teikovo missile force, Ivanovo region, 2011
RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-27 Mod 2) is a Russian MIRV-equipped, thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile. Photo: Mobile ground-based system RS-24 Yars at the Teikovo missile force, Ivanovo region, 2011
RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-27 Mod 2) is a Russian MIRV-equipped, thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile. Photo: Mobile ground-based system RS-24 Yars at the Teikovo missile force, Ivanovo region, 2011
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
RS-24 Yars was first tested on May 29, 2007. Some reports say it can carry up to 10 independently targetable warheads
RS-24 Yars was first tested on May 29, 2007. Some reports say it can carry up to 10 independently targetable warheads
RS-24 Yars was first tested on May 29, 2007. Some reports say it can carry up to 10 independently targetable warheads
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
S-300 systems (NATO reporting name SA-10 Grumble) are designed to defend major facilities from air attacks. They are considered to be some of the world's most capable anti-aircraft missile systems
S-300 systems (NATO reporting name SA-10 Grumble) are designed to defend major facilities from air attacks. They are considered to be some of the world's most capable anti-aircraft missile systems
S-300 systems (NATO reporting name SA-10 Grumble) are designed to defend major facilities from air attacks. They are considered to be some of the world's most capable anti-aircraft missile systems
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
RT-2PM Topol (NATO reporting name SS-25 Sickle) is an improved mobile ICBM which replaced earlier outdated missile complexes
RT-2PM Topol (NATO reporting name SS-25 Sickle) is an improved mobile ICBM which replaced earlier outdated missile complexes
RT-2PM Topol (NATO reporting name SS-25 Sickle) is an improved mobile ICBM which replaced earlier outdated missile complexes
© ITAR-TASS/Artiom Korotaev
The three stage solid propellant RT-2PM Topol was designed to be road mobile and is mounted on a heavy truck
The three stage solid propellant RT-2PM Topol was designed to be road mobile and is mounted on a heavy truck
The three stage solid propellant RT-2PM Topol was designed to be road mobile and is mounted on a heavy truck
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
RT-2PM2 Topol-M (NATO reporting name SS-27 Sickle B) is the first ICBM to be developed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Photo: Launch of Topol-M from Plesetsk cosmodrome
RT-2PM2 Topol-M (NATO reporting name SS-27 Sickle B) is the first ICBM to be developed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Photo: Launch of Topol-M from Plesetsk cosmodrome
RT-2PM2 Topol-M (NATO reporting name SS-27 Sickle B) is the first ICBM to be developed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Photo: Launch of Topol-M from Plesetsk cosmodrome
© ITAR-TASS/Alexandr Babenko
Topol-M is a cold-launched, three-stage, solid-propellant ICBM. Its mass at launch is 47,200 kg and maximum range is 10,500 km. Photo: Topol-M involved in a rehearsal for V-Day Parade, at the Alabino Training Range near Moscow, 2008
Topol-M is a cold-launched, three-stage, solid-propellant ICBM. Its mass at launch is 47,200 kg and maximum range is 10,500 km. Photo: Topol-M involved in a rehearsal for V-Day Parade, at the Alabino Training Range near Moscow, 2008
Topol-M is a cold-launched, three-stage, solid-propellant ICBM. Its mass at launch is 47,200 kg and maximum range is 10,500 km. Photo: Topol-M involved in a rehearsal for V-Day Parade, at the Alabino Training Range near Moscow, 2008
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
Photo: RS-18 ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-19 Mod 3 Stiletto) launched from Baikonur cosmodrome, 2006
Photo: RS-18 ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-19 Mod 3 Stiletto) launched from Baikonur cosmodrome, 2006
Photo: RS-18 ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-19 Mod 3 Stiletto) launched from Baikonur cosmodrome, 2006
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Kazak
Photo: Opened silo of a Topol-M missile, 2001
Photo: Opened silo of a Topol-M missile, 2001
Photo: Opened silo of a Topol-M missile, 2001
© AP Photo
SS-18, SS-17, SS-19, SS-20 missiles in a training center of the Dzerzhinsky military academy in Balabanovo, 100 km from Moscow, 1997
SS-18, SS-17, SS-19, SS-20 missiles in a training center of the Dzerzhinsky military academy in Balabanovo, 100 km from Moscow, 1997
SS-18, SS-17, SS-19, SS-20 missiles in a training center of the Dzerzhinsky military academy in Balabanovo, 100 km from Moscow, 1997
© AP Photo
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RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-27 Mod 2) is a Russian MIRV-equipped, thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile. Photo: Mobile ground-based system RS-24 Yars at the Teikovo missile force, Ivanovo region, 2011
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
RS-24 Yars was first tested on May 29, 2007. Some reports say it can carry up to 10 independently targetable warheads
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
S-300 systems (NATO reporting name SA-10 Grumble) are designed to defend major facilities from air attacks. They are considered to be some of the world's most capable anti-aircraft missile systems
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
RT-2PM Topol (NATO reporting name SS-25 Sickle) is an improved mobile ICBM which replaced earlier outdated missile complexes
© ITAR-TASS/Artiom Korotaev
The three stage solid propellant RT-2PM Topol was designed to be road mobile and is mounted on a heavy truck
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
RT-2PM2 Topol-M (NATO reporting name SS-27 Sickle B) is the first ICBM to be developed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Photo: Launch of Topol-M from Plesetsk cosmodrome
© ITAR-TASS/Alexandr Babenko
Topol-M is a cold-launched, three-stage, solid-propellant ICBM. Its mass at launch is 47,200 kg and maximum range is 10,500 km. Photo: Topol-M involved in a rehearsal for V-Day Parade, at the Alabino Training Range near Moscow, 2008
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
Photo: RS-18 ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-19 Mod 3 Stiletto) launched from Baikonur cosmodrome, 2006
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Kazak
Photo: Opened silo of a Topol-M missile, 2001
© AP Photo
SS-18, SS-17, SS-19, SS-20 missiles in a training center of the Dzerzhinsky military academy in Balabanovo, 100 km from Moscow, 1997
© AP Photo

Russian Strategic Missile Forces were created on December 17, 1959. This military branch of Russian armed forces controls country's land-based inter-continental ballistic missiles. Presently six types of missile systems are on combat duty. Three of them are ground-based and other three are silo-based. Around 6,000 people serve daily at combat posts in alert forces, no less than 95% of missile systems on combat duty are constantly on standby for immediate launch of missiles. Russian Strategic Missile Forces in photo gallery by TASS.

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