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Scorched Earth: Russian Army Rolls Out Strategic Missile Systems for Drills

© Sputnik / Sergey Pyatakov / Go to the photo bankYars MIRV-equipped ICBM, on its mobile Kamaz transporter
Yars MIRV-equipped ICBM, on its mobile Kamaz transporter - Sputnik International
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Ten Russian mobile strategic nuclear missile regiments have been deployed across the country for military exercises.

Mobile launcher 'Yars' missile system on the territory of Teykovo air defence missile formation in Ivanovo region. - Sputnik International
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The systems deployed include Topol (NATO reporting name: SS-25 Sickle), Topol-M (NATO reporting name: SS-27 Sickle B), and RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name: SS-27 Mod 2) missiles.

According to a Russian Defense Ministry statement cited by RIA Novosti, the missile systems’ crews will engage in exercises that include field deployment and redeployment, the use of engineering equipment and camouflage, as well as protecting the missile launchers against potential threats.

Meanwhile, anti-sabotage troop detachments accompanying the missile launchers will conduct drills employing new Typhoon-M counter-sabotage vehicles outfitted with UAVs. The exercises will involve navigating the contaminated terrain, repelling simulated ground and airborne attacks, and carrying out mock missile launches.
Currently about 20 missile detachments across Russia are engaged in various military exercises.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces will conduct over 100 tactical, special and CP exercises in 2016, as well as engage in snap drills.

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