The RS-24 Yars is believed to have entered into service in February, 2010 and is the latest edition to Russia’s ballistic missile fleet. While details about the missiles specifications and capabilities are limited, it is reported to be designed similarly to Russia’s Topol-M (SS-27) ICBM and the Bulava 30 (SS-NX-32) SLBM.
Development of the RS-24 is believed to have started in 2004. Its first flight test was made in May of 2007. The RS-24 was tested again in December of 2007 and November of 2008. These test flights were all launched from Transporter-Erector-Launcher (TEL) vehicles. The first RS-24s to be declared operational were road mobile, but it is believed that the missile will eventually be deployed in silos.The RS-24 is a three stage solid fuel missile that reportedly carries a payload of three reentry vehicles (RV) and penetration aids. The missiles throw weight is believed to be between 1,200 kg giving each RV a weight between 150 and 200 kg and a potential nuclear yield of 150 to 250 kT. The missile is also believed to be fitted with a new RV design that will allow the RV’s to maneuver in space and during re-entry to aid in the evasion of Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) systems.
The missile is believed to be 20.9 m in length and have a diameter of 2.0 m for the first stage, 1.8 m for the second stage, and 1.6 m for the third stage. The missile is also fitted with a Post-Boost Vehicle (PBV) with a total length of 2.7 m. The total launch weight of the RS-24 is believed to be 49,000 kg and is expected to have a minimum range of 2,000 km and a maximum of 10,500 km. 1
Last Updated 10/9/2012
- Lennox, Duncan. “RS-24 Yars.” Jane’s Strategic Weapon Systems (Offensive Weapons). September 29, 2012. (accessed September 28, 2012). ↩