MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The RS-24 Yars solid-fuel ballistic missile can carry multiple independently targetable nuclear warheads, and is designed to evade missile defense systems up to a range of 7,500 miles.
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.
In the course of its development, the experience of the military operation of fifth generation's mobile ground missile systems was taken into account.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, RS-24 Yars has established itself as a reliable weapon during its tests and operation, and therefore it was decided to re-equip the Russian Strategic Missile Forces with them.
At the beginning of 2014, by different estimates, Russia had about 50 RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile deployed.
According to the Strategic Missile Forces commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev, the Russian military will receive another 24 RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile systems in 2015.
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.
The ministry earlier said that RS-24 Yars and Topol-M ballistic missiles would be the mainstays of the ground-based component of Russia's nuclear triad and would account for no less than 80 percent of the SMF's arsenal by 2016.