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    On December 26, 2014, a test launch of an RS-24 Yars solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missile with a detachable warhead was conducted from a ground base at the Plesetsk Space Complex.

    MOSCOW, December 26 (Sputnik) – Russian Strategic Arms Forces on Friday successfully test launched a Yars solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk Space Complex in the country’s northwest, an official spokesman for the country's Strategic Arms Forces said.

    "On December 26, 2014, at 11:02 Moscow time [08:02 GMT]…a test launch of an RS-24 Yars solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missile with a detachable warhead was conducted from a ground base at the Plesetsk Space Complex," Col. Igor Yegorov told journalists.

    According to Col. Yegorov, the dummy warheads used during the test launch "were tasked to hit targets at the Kura Range on the Kamchatka Peninsula."

    The RS-24 Yars (SS-29), introduced into service in July 2010, is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile.

    The 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.


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