One of the notable weapons in this parade is the RS-24 Yars thermonuclear ballistic missile.

Amidst the turmoil unfolding in Ukraine, Russia still holds a celebration of its victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. One of the notable weapons in this parade is the RS-24 Yars thermonuclear ballistic missile. Nuclear missiles and high-tech weapons began marching through Moscow ahead of the Victory Day parade.

The RS-24 Yars thermonuclear ballistic missile, which experts believe can carry up to 10 warheads, was first tested on May 29, 2007, declared by Russia to be a brand new ICBM. The display of this intercontinental weapon, which weighs 49.6 tones and has a range of 12,000 kilometers, and can cruise at speeds of up to 24,500 kilometers per hour, comes at a time when regional tensions are mounting owing to the ongoing war.

Basically RS-24 Yars is an updated version of Topol-M. In the West, it is known as SS-29. It stands on a 16×16 wheeled chassis similar to the Topol-M. However, It does have a better missile that is also heavier. The Yars was designed as both a road-mobile and a silo-based system with the same missile.

The RS-24 Yars is a three-stage solid-fuel missile, MIRV-capable ICBM with a range of 10,500 km. The missile is also thought to include a revised re-entry vehicle design, which will allow the missile to navigate in space and during re-entry. The RS-24’s total launch weight is estimated to be 49 tons.

The Yars has a silo-based version that is compatible with older Russian ICBM silos that have been phased out of use. It takes advantage of all of the prior missiles’ infrastructure. On the mobile version, Yars Transporter erector launcher is built on a Belarusian MZKT-79221 16×16 heavy high mobility chassis for road mobility. This chassis was created specifically for the intercontinental missile Topol-M. The steering is done on the first three and last three axles. As a result, despite its size, this vehicle is extremely nimble. The vehicle offers excellent cross-country mobility. The vehicle’s range is 500km, allowing it to operate in an area the size of a small European country without being discovered.

The system is escorted by a number of support vehicles during field deployment, including a support vehicle, mobile command posts, signals vehicle, fuel tanker, and a variety of additional military vehicles with personnel to assure the missile’s security. In the event of an emergency, the launcher vehicle can operate without its escort.

It can be seen that, the RS-24 is an important component of Moscow’s endeavor to improve the survivability of its nuclear forces and counteract US missile defense systems. For the next 20 years, Russia’s nuclear forces are projected to rely on the Yars ICBM.


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