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Yars ICBM Regiment to Enter Combat Duty in Russia's Mary El in April-June

© Sputnik / Sergey Pyatakov / Go to the photo bankMobile launcher 'Yars' missile system on the territory of Teykovo air defence missile formation in Ivanovo region.
Mobile launcher 'Yars' missile system on the territory of Teykovo air defence missile formation in Ivanovo region. - Sputnik International
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The RS-24 Yars is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile that can be fired both from a mobile launcher and silo.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's Yars intercontinental ballistic missile regiment will enter combat duty in the Republic of Mary El in April-June this year, the acting commander of the Yoshkar-Ola-based 14th missile division said Friday.

"In the second quarter of 2017, the missile regiment equipped with a mobile base Yars-S will take up full combat duty," Col. Oleg Tetyorkin said at the military production acceptance day.

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The RS-24 Yars was introduced into service in July 2010. It is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile that can be fired both from a mobile launcher and silo.

Russia's Strategic Missile Forces is expected to be equipped with 108 RS-24 missile defense systems by 2020, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

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