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Last test of Russia's new Yars-based ballistic missile due in December — source

November 27, 2014, 15:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
RS-26 (also known as Avangard and Rubezh) has improved combat capabilities and a multiple warhead
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MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. The last test launch of the solid propellant inter-continental ballistic missile RS-26 (also known as Avangard and Rubezh), created on the basis of the RS-24 Yars missile, has been scheduled for December, a source in the defence-industrial complex told TASS.

“The testing is not over yet. According to the current plans the new missile is to enter duty in 2015. In December, there will be the final launch to be followed by a decision in favour of serial manufacturing,” the source said.

RS-26 has improved combat capabilities and a multiple warheads. The missile is to be lighter than its predecessor RS-24 Yars.

Strategic Missile Force commander, Colonel Sergey Karakayev said the missile will be launched from a mobile surface vehicle. There are no plans for its silo deployment.

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