SpyLOG
18/4/2014 17:29
RIA Novosti

Defense

Russia to Test Launch Newest ICBM by Year-End – Industry Official

Russia to Test Launch Newest ICBM by Year-End – Industry Official. (Archive)
18:17 03/10/2013
Tags: Rubezh, RS-26, Kapustin Yar, ICBM, missile defense, Topol-M, Yars, Dmitry Rogozin, Udmurtia, Volgograd, Astrakhan, United States

MOSCOW, October 3 (RIA Novosti) – The test launch of Russia’s newest intercontinental ballistic missile, codenamed Rubezh, could take place before the end of the year, a high-ranking defense industry official told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

The RS-26, a solid-propellant ICBM, will supplement the Yars and Topol-M missiles that are currently in service with Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces, the official said.

RS-26 specifications are currently classified, but an unnamed missile industry expert cited by Vedomosti newspaper said the new missile would most likely be equipped with a new warhead and system to override missile defenses.

The expert cited by Vedomosti also played down speculation that RS-26 was designed in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which prohibits the United States and Russia from owning ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 kilometers and 5,500 kilometers.

In June, Russia tested elements of a new ICBM that Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, hailed as a “missile defense killer.”

The Defense Ministry was more reserved in its appraisal of the test, carried out at the Kapustin Yar facility, between Volgograd and Astrakhan, saying only “the [simulated] warhead hit a designated target within the set time frame.”

The missile is to be manufactured at the Votkinsk plant in the Urals republic of Udmurtia, where all solid-propellant missiles are made, the official said.

  • Add to blog
  • Send to friend
  • Share

Add to blog

You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.

Publication code:

Preview:

RIA NovostiRussia to Test Launch Newest ICBM by Year-End – Industry Official. (Archive)Russia to Test Launch Newest ICBM by Year-End – Industry Official

18:17 03/10/2013 The test launch of Russia’s newest intercontinental ballistic missile, codenamed Rubezh, could take place before the end of the year, a high-ranking defense industry official told RIA Novosti on Thursday.>>

Send by e-mail

All fields are required!



Leave a comment
  • Mikhail1228Kapustin Yar
    19:01, 03/10/2013
    For Westerners, "Kapustin Yar" is Russia's Area 51, albeit much, much larger!

Рейтинг@Mail.ru  Rambler's Top100
© 2014  RIA Novosti
Some material may be inappropriate for those under 18