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    Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) have started rearmament of two more missile divisions with advanced RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) systems, SMF Commander Col. Gen. Sergey Karakayev said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-27 Mod 2) carries ICBMs with multiple independently targetable nuclear warheads and has a range of 11,000 kilometers (some 6,800 miles.)

    According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Yars entered service with the SMF in 2010.

    "We are continuing on a regular basis the production and deployment on combat duty [of Yars missile systems]…and started the rearmament of two more divisions — the Yoshkar-Ola and the Irkutsk divisions," Karakayev said in an interview with Rossiya-24 television.

    The general said six regiments of three missile divisions (the Novosibirsk, the Tagil and the Koselsk divisions) had already been rearmed with Yars systems.



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