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MOSCOW, September 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (RSMF) by the end of the year will re-equip their three regiments with the Yars mobile missile systems to be put on trial combat duty in December, RSMF spokesman Major Dmitry Andreyev told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.
“By the end of 2014, two more RSMF mobile regiments are planned to be equipped with the Yars system - in the Tagil and Novosibirsk missile formations and another stationary regiment - in the Kozelsk division. These three regiments are to be put on trial combat duty in December 2014,” he said.
According to Andreyev, with the re-equipment of a number of RSMF formations with Yars, the missile system’s share in these forces has already reached 50%. “Further plans for equipping other missile formations with the Yars system have already been made,” the RSMF spokesman added.
The RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a multiple warhead was designed by the Moscow-based Institute of Thermal Technology. “This missile was designed with the science and technology solutions applied in the Topol-M missile system, which considerably cut the time and costs for its creation,” Andreyev said.
According to him, the RS-24 ICBM will boost the combat capability of the RSMF cutting edge against missile defense systems, thus strengthening the deterrence potential of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces. “In the future, along with the single-warhead RS-12M2 ICBM (Topol-M missile system), the RS-24 ICBM will form the backbone of the RSMF main attack force,” the spokesman added.