The solid-propellant ICBM of the 5th generation, which is known to NATO as SS-27 Mod 2, has a range of nearly 11,000 kilometers.
It can deliver multiple independently targetable warheads, at least three with 500 kiloton or six with 150 to 300 kiloton ones, Presstv Reported.
“This missile embodies the latest achievements in science and technology. It will suffice to say that it uses new technical solutions that allow not just to significantly complicate, but also make it physically impossible to intercept this missile with any missile defense system,” TASS news agency quoted Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces Sergey Karakaev as saying on Friday.
The advanced ICBM, which was introduced into service in July 2010, is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile that can be fired both from a mobile launcher and a silo. It is also capable of delivering multiple nuclear warheads.
“The constructive features of Yars allow it to be launched even from platforms, on which Topol could operate only after special engineering works,” Karakaev further noted, adding that this feature of RS-24 Yars allows the use of more territories for military patrolling and the launch of missiles from any place.
According to TASS, the Yars was developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology under the supervision of Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Yury Solomonov.
So far this year, the Russian military has test-launched the RS-24 Yars at least two times.
On February 6, it was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, or the Plesetsk space center, located in Mirny, Arkhangelsk Oblast, and its test warheads arrived at a given area at the Kura range on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
On October 17, it was also launched from the same space center and hit a mock target on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The accompanying video purportedly shows the moment it was fired.