SITREP | Russia's RS-24 "Yars" ICBM Deployment Status

SITREP | Russia's RS-24 "Yars" ICBM Deployment Status

By IndraStra Global Editorial Team


The second launch was conducted on Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwestern Russia by troops of the 14th Missile Division, which is stationed near the city of Yoshkar Ola in the southern part of central Russia. The Yars made its maiden flight in 2007 and was given the green light for deployment two years later.

“A test launch of a Yoshkar-Ola missile division RS-24 Yars solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile, equipped with a detachable warhead, arrived at the designated area on the Kura test range on the Kamchatka Peninsula at the state-owned Plesetsk Test Space Cosmodrome,” the Russian Defense Ministry reported via TASS news agency.

On March 4, 2011, it was announced that the first missile regiment with the RS-24 ICBM Yars was put on combat duty in the Strategic Missile Force as part of the Teika division. The Teikovskaya missile division regiment consisted of two missile battalions of the RS-24 ICBMs delivered to the Strategic Missile Forces in 2009-2010. Six rocket divisions in Russia are currently armed with Yars missiles deployed in silos or on mobile launchers. This missile is replacing the aging RS-12M "Topol" ICBM, RS-18 "Stiletto" as their extended service lives are getting expired.

"The Strategic Missile Forces systematically switch to the mobile and mine-based Yars complexes. The Russian Strategic Missile Forces are armed with such modern complexes by 62%, while by the end of 2017 their share will increase to 72%," Putin said on May 18th, 2017 during a regular meeting with military commanders and the leadership of the defense industry.

The missile system and the launcher were developed as an upgraded version of the MB- RT-2PM2 / Topol-M by the Chief Designer - Y. Solomonov of Moscow Institute of Heat Engineering (MIT). The Topol-M / RT-2PM2 ICBM was first launched in March 1992. The RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-27 Mod 2) was first introduced into service in July 2010 which can be fired both from a mobile launcher and silo. It carries multiple independently targetable nuclear warheads and has a range of 6,800 miles.


The Launches of the RS-24 Yars ICBM: (Till Sep 20th, 2017)


29.05.2007 - First launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome | Successful launched from the mobile launcher towards the Kura landfill (Kamchatka)

25.12.2007 - Second launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome | Successful launched from the mobile launcher towards the Kura landfill (Kamchatka)

26.11.2008 - Third launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome | Successful launched from the mobile launcher towards the Kura landfill (Kamchatka)

24.12.2013  - Fourth launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome | Successful launched from the silo towards the Kura landfill (Kamchatka)

14.04.2014 - Fifth launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome | Successful launched from the mobile launcher towards the Kura landfill (Kamchatka)

26.12.2014 - Sixth launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome | Successful launched from the mobile launcher towards the Kura landfill (Kamchatka)

28.10.2015 - Seventh launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome | Successful launched from the silo towards the Kura landfill (Kamchatka)

12.09.2017 - Eight launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome | Successful launched from the silo towards the Kura landfill (Kamchatka)

20.09.2017 - launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome | Successful launched from the mobile launcher towards the Kura landfill (Kamchatka)

Image Attribute: File photo of APU 15U175M of RS-24 "Yars" ICBM on display for the reporters in the Teikov division/ Date: Nov 29, 2011. (Photo - Sergey Pyatakov, http://visualrian.ru/)

Image Attribute: File photo of APU 15U175M of RS-24 "Yars" ICBM on display for the reporters in the Teikov division/ Date: Nov 29, 2011. (Photo - Sergey Pyatakov, http://visualrian.ru/)


The Deployment Timeline of RS-24 "Yars" ICBM


2009 -  One missile division (with 3 missile systems) as part of the 54th Guards Teykov division of the Strategic Missile Forces, entered experimental combat duty in December 2009.

2010 -  On December 17, 2010, one division (with 3 missile systems) entered the 54th Guards Teika division.

August 2011 -  On Aug 5, 2011, three-division regiment  (with total 3 missile systems) entered into combat duty.

December 2011 -  September 27, 2011, on the website of the Russian Defense Ministry there was information that before the end of 2011 in the Taikov division of the Strategic Missile Forces, the second regiment of the Yars ICBM will be on alert duty, on December 28, 2011 the second regiment of two divisions took up combat duty with total 6 missile systems.

2012 - It was planned to re-equip one regiment of the missile division in Pashino (Novosibirsk) and the beginning of the deployment of systems in the silo at the Kozelskaya missile division. (approx. 9 to 12 missile systems were deployed).

2013 - Mobile launchers were introduced to the Novosibirsk missile division (Pashino) and the 42nd missile division (Nizhny Tagil). In total, one missile regiment and two missile battalions were rearmed in the Strategic Missile Force in the course of the year. (approx. 15 missile systems were deployed).

2014 - On August 19, 2014, two missiles were deployed in the Kozel Division, in the silo, by the end of the year four missiles and a unified command post (one missile system) were planned to take on combat duty. 

However, in October 2014, the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces told the media that 9 SPUs and 6 missiles of  mobile versions, as well as 2 rockets for a silo version, have been received since the beginning of the year. Until the end of the year, it was planned to receive 3 more SDS and 8 missiles. Total: 12 SDS and 12 missiles along with 4 missiles for silos. 

2015 - Six regiments are armed with RS-24 at the SPU and loaded in to the silo.

2016  - It was planned to equip five missile regiments with the Yars missiles with 20 missile systems, but actually 23 were delivered.  The ICBMs were delivered to the Tagil, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Yoshkar-Ola and Kozelskoy missile divisions. Kozelskiy (silo), Yoshkar-Ola, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk missile formations entered in to the combat duty.

2017 - The rocket regiment with mobile launchers are on combat duty in Yoshkar-Ola.
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