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    Post  George1 on Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:40 pm

    Strategic forces to be equipped with Yars nuclear missile system

    The combat effectiveness of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces is being enhanced by the addition of new nuclear weapon systems for stationary and mobile deployment. A number of divisions have already introduced the Yars missile units, which will gradually phase out the older Topol systems.

    The commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) has announced that its regiments and divisions are to be upgraded with new Yars nuclear weapon systems for stationary and mobile deployment.

    "As part of creating a capable group, it is planned to place 16 missile launch sites armed with the Yars missile on operational duty," said General Sergei Karakayev at a session of the SMF’s military council on Nov. 14.

    This formidable technology is produced in two versions – mobile and stationary. Depending on the location of the unit and their operating zone, missiles can ‘serve’ based either in silos or from railway tracks. In the latter case, they can be controlled from a mobile command post.

    Strike force

    The Ministry of Defense has made it clear that the Yars, alongside the Topol-M, will serve as the SMFs main strike force for the next decades. The missiles not only increase its military capabilities but strengthen the potential deterrence of Russia’s strategic triad. Furthermore, the Yars will replace several divisions of the reliable but outdated Topol nuclear missile system.

    According to SMF Commander Sergei Karakayev, the START 3 agreement places no restrictions on upgrading existing weapons and the creation of new weapons, and new developments in the interests of the Strategic Missile Forces take the requirements of the agreement into account.

    The Teykovskoye command has already switched to the mobile Yars, and the mobile ground units are now being provided to the Tagilsk and Novosibirsk divisions. The Kozelsk division will shortly introduce a Yars missile system consisting of four silo launchers and a unified command post into operational duty in its missile regiment.

    The Yars system was developed based on the Topol but is much more powerful. Its missile, the RS-24, is superior in throw-weight to the Topol’s RS-12 by more than 20 percent. Although the Yars carries not one warhead but three to four, the designers have succeeded in keeping the strategic missile’s range to greater than 6,200 miles. It uses a three-stage system.

    Its body and instrument compartment have been treated with a coating that reduces the impact of various damaging factors, including a nuclear explosion. Furthermore, on launch, the missile can carry out a programmed manoeuver. This helps it make a relatively safe passage through a nuclear cloud should an enemy attack the Yars’ position with a ballistic missile.

    According to experts, the breakthrough technological solutions used in creating the RS-24 guarantee the high survivability of the missile when overcoming any missile defense systems. The strategic Yars does not need to fear even layered missile defense systems, including ones based in space.

    The Sarmatians are coming

    The operational strength of the SMF is now 400 strategic missile launchers with intercontinental ballistic missiles. Since their numbers are limited by Russia’s international obligations, the development of the land-based component of its nuclear triad is focused on two areas: Firstly, the modernization of silo-based and mobile missile systems already in use; secondly, the development of a new strategic arsenal.
    Upgrade of Russia’s strategic potential will be completed by 2020

    Upgrade of Russia’s strategic potential will be completed by 2020

    According to military sources, the SMF will receive a qualitatively new weapon in 2018-2020. They probably have in mind the stationary Sarmat (‘Sarmatian’) with a heavy intercontinental ballistic missile.

    Experimental design work on this project is being carried out by a group of industrial enterprises under the direction of the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau. They plan to complete the work in five to six years. According to the former chief of the General Staff of the SMF Viktor Yesin, the Sarmat will replace the RS-20V Voevoda, which is currently on operational duty.

    The former head of the 4th Central Research Institute of the Ministry of Defense, General Vladimir Vasilenko believes that the new heavy intercontinental ballistic silo-based missile will possess the capacity to deliver warheads to targets using not only energetically optimal trajectories with direct approach bearings, but also strikes from various directions, including via the South Pole.

    Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines - http://rbth.co.uk/defence/2014/11/23/strategic_forces_to_be_equipped_with_yars_nuclear_missile_system_41597.html)
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    Post  Viktor on Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:44 pm

    Nice Very Happy

    Army of the Russian Federation for the year was 38 intercontinental ballistic missiles
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    Post  George1 on Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:31 pm

    Tests of 5th-generation control system for Russian missile forces to be completed in 2015
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    Post  Viktor on Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:45 am

    Huuuge numbers .... thumbsup

    Putin: Russian Federation will receive 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015
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    Post  Rmf on Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:59 pm

    well 3 new nuclear submarines require 48 missiles ,right pirat
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:03 am

    I don't think so... I suspect they will design these new weapons from scratch to optimise their performance.

    Also with the 50 new ICBMs that will mean the retirement of perhaps 5 SS-18s.... it is not really that much... but it is a positive move.


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    Post  George1 on Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:17 pm

    Russia to Deploy New Silo-Based Ballistic Missiles in Orenburg, Krasnoyarsk

    The 100-ton Sarmat ICBM with an operational range of no less than 5,500 kilometers is to replace the military’s current Satans between 2018 and 2020.

    MOSCOW, December 25 (Sputnik) – Russia will deploy its new silo-based heavy ballistic Sarmat missiles in the Orenburg Region and Krasnoyarsk Territory, Strategic Missile Forces Commander Col.Gen. Sergei Karakayev said Thursday.

    New Russian Space Anti-Ballistic Missile System On-Track for 2020: Engineer
    “This heavy rocket will be deployed in Uzhur [in the Krasnoyarsk Territory] and the village of Dombarovsky [in the Oregnburg Region],” Karakayev said.

    The 100-ton Sarmat ICBM with an operational range of no less than 5,500 kilometers (over 3,400 miles) is to replace the military’s current SS-18 Satan ICBMs between 2018 and 2020.

    The new ICBM's operational and physical characteristics are classified, and its components are currently being tested. Only Russian enterprises are involved in the production of the missiles.

    In December 2013, the SMF chief said that the Sarmat is expected to feature advanced countermeasures, such as a complex command and control systems and a high degree of maneuverability, enabling it to penetrate missile defense systems.

    The SS-18 Satan missiles introduced in 1975 were the first Soviet-made multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle missiles. The silo-housed and highly accurate missiles are believed to pose a serious threat to US land-based strategic missile systems.
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    Post  Viktor on Fri Dec 26, 2014 1:20 pm

    Nice thumbsup

    Yars-M is the name of the missile that will be applied to combat missile train. (6 per train)

    A source in the defense industry: combat missile train developed in Russia before 2018

    46 launchers are to be filled with new 100ton liquid fueld mega-missile Very Happy

    Source: IDB "Sarmatian" will be armed with seven missile regiments Strategic Missile Forces

    Yars- tested successfully

    Strategic Missile Forces have successfully tested a ballistic missile "yars"

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    Post  flamming_python on Fri Dec 26, 2014 1:47 pm

    Viktor wrote:Nice  thumbsup

    Yars-M is the name of the missile that will be applied to combat missile train. (6 per train).

    Source?
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    Post  Viktor on Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:12 pm

    flamming_python wrote:
    Viktor wrote:Nice  thumbsup

    Yars-M is the name of the missile that will be applied to combat missile train. (6 per train).

    Source?


    So, existing missile will be adopted for the use from the trains - no money will be spend on new missile

    "One regiment recreated in Russia BZHRK new generation" Barguzin "will be able to carry six intercontinental ballistic missiles" yars "or" yars-M "- a spokesman said.

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    Post  flamming_python on Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:35 pm

    Viktor wrote:
    flamming_python wrote:
    Viktor wrote:Nice  thumbsup

    Yars-M is the name of the missile that will be applied to combat missile train. (6 per train).

    Source?


    So, existing missile will be adopted for the use from the trains - no money will be spend on new missile

    "One regiment recreated in Russia BZHRK new generation" Barguzin "will be able to carry six intercontinental ballistic missiles" yars "or" yars-M "- a spokesman said.

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    Good. Although I'm surprised that the Yars will be able to fit. I would have thought the Avangard or one of the SLBMs modified for train-use would have been more likely.

    And 6 per train? Woah. This is like a rail-based ballistic missile sub really, except using camoflage among other trains to avoid detection, as opposed to diving under the surface of the ocean.
    They really need to halve or third that number, otherwise it really would be a case of putting all of one's eggs in one basket. Not to mention, the amount of maintance/support/personnel/configurations of the carriages would make the train stand out too much.
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Dec 27, 2014 9:35 am

    Not to mention, the amount of maintance/support/personnel/configurations of the carriages would make the train stand out too much.

    IF they have any brains... and I think they do... they will go all out to make the carriages and engines look exactly like any other carriage/engine combination.

    I rather suspect the number of missile carriages is based on the average train layout so as to remain inconspicuous. SLBMs don't require constant attention and maintainence at sea for their deployment, so I don't see why those based on trains would need more attention... though I do suspect vibration levels will be higher.

    With all the ballistic missile defence radars around the place they could invest in millions of little sidings for trains to turn off the main track and roll down into an underground shelter to protect trains from above ground nuclear explosions or air attack.

    If it meets all the requirements using a missile that has already been developed makes sense as it will be new and capable and will save a lot of time and money and the numbers of rail based versions can be hidden by including silo based missile production... ie we made x number of Yars missiles without breaking down the numbers into rail and silo based missiles.... Twisted Evil

    By putting 6 missiles in each train you can put security around 6 trains or more and observers wont know which train has the missiles so will have to deal with all of them...


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    Post  kvs on Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:02 am

    George1 wrote:Russia to Deploy New Silo-Based Ballistic Missiles in Orenburg, Krasnoyarsk

    The 100-ton Sarmat ICBM with an operational range of no less than 5,500 kilometers is to replace the military’s current Satans between 2018 and 2020.

    MOSCOW, December 25 (Sputnik) – Russia will deploy its new silo-based heavy ballistic Sarmat missiles in the Orenburg Region and Krasnoyarsk Territory, Strategic Missile Forces Commander Col.Gen. Sergei Karakayev said Thursday.

    New Russian Space Anti-Ballistic Missile System On-Track for 2020: Engineer
    “This heavy rocket will be deployed in Uzhur [in the Krasnoyarsk Territory] and the village of Dombarovsky [in the Oregnburg Region],” Karakayev said.

    The 100-ton Sarmat ICBM with an operational range of no less than 5,500 kilometers (over 3,400 miles) is to replace the military’s current SS-18 Satan ICBMs between 2018 and 2020.


    This range is a ridiculous underestimate. It's range will be at least 11,000 km. The whole point of a large missile is that it can carry more payload and take
    it much farther. A range of 5,500 km would make it a regional theater missile and not a real ICBM.

    Who ever writes these articles should stop with the filler. It's inane.
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    Post  Morpheus Eberhardt on Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:29 am

    kvs wrote:
    George1 wrote:Russia to Deploy New Silo-Based Ballistic Missiles in Orenburg, Krasnoyarsk

    The 100-ton Sarmat ICBM with an operational range of no less than 5,500 kilometers is to replace the military’s current Satans between 2018 and 2020.

    MOSCOW, December 25 (Sputnik) – Russia will deploy its new silo-based heavy ballistic Sarmat missiles in the Orenburg Region and Krasnoyarsk Territory, Strategic Missile Forces Commander Col.Gen. Sergei Karakayev said Thursday.

    New Russian Space Anti-Ballistic Missile System On-Track for 2020: Engineer
    “This heavy rocket will be deployed in Uzhur [in the Krasnoyarsk Territory] and the village of Dombarovsky [in the Oregnburg Region],” Karakayev said.

    The 100-ton Sarmat ICBM with an operational range of no less than 5,500 kilometers (over 3,400 miles) is to replace the military’s current SS-18 Satan ICBMs between 2018 and 2020.


    This range is a ridiculous underestimate.   It's range will be at least 11,000 km.  The whole point of a large missile is that it can carry more payload and take
    it much farther.  A range of 5,500 km would make it a regional theater missile and not a real ICBM.

    Who ever writes these articles should stop with the filler.  It's inane.

    I noticed that small range figure, but it is the kind of figure that I don't even comment about (except after somone commenting about it).

    The careless journalist probably should have written 15,500 km or 16,500 km but made a journalistic mess of it.
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:13 am

    I suspected they were just trying to be vague... all ballistic missiles with a range of more than 5,500km are deemed ICBMs.

    For the same reason they might say that if over 6,000km flight radius classes a bomber as strategic they would say the PAK DAs flight range is more than 6,000km... in other words all they are revealing is that it is an ICBM/strategic bomber.

    This new weapon is half the weight of the SS-18 and its main role might be to carry rather more powerful warheads than other existing types can carry.


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    Post  AbsoluteZero on Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:28 am

    Hi I've got a question about Russian transporter erector launchers for its mobile icbms, last time i checked most of them are manufactured by MAZ, a Belarussian company, right now because of the sanctions Russia is pursuing import-substitution programs including on the defense industry, are they also working to design and manufacture local TELs? cause if NATO decides to start a Belarussian maidan, Russia's mobile icbm production would be seriously compromised. thanks!
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    Hi I've got a question about Russian transporter erector launchers for its mobile icbms,

    Post  GarryB on Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:44 am

    They have Russian truck makers that could do the job.

    AFAIK they use MAZ as a thank you to Belarus... they are good vehicles.


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    Post  George1 on Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:09 pm

    Tracking down road-mobile missiles

    Replacement of old road-mobile Topol/SS-25 missiles with newer Topol-M and RS-25 Yars is one of the key components of Russia's modernization program. Although the service life of Topol was recently extended to 25 years, which will allow the missile to remain in service until about 2021, it has been steadily withdrawn from service for some time now. Of the original 360 Topol missiles that the Soviet Union had in the early 1990s, about 100 appeared to still remain in force. Or maybe even fewer - according to the Ministry of Defense end-of-year report (mp4 file), 43% of the Strategic Rocket Force ICBMs are "modern systems" (it's at 6:38). It appears that to make this number work one would need to assume that the number of Topol ICBMs in service is closer to 60-70.

    This post attempts to bring together the pieces of information about road-mobile bases and recent developments, including deployment of Topol-M and RS-24 Yars. This is very much work in progress, so comments and corrections are welcome.

    A note on missile unit identification: the starting point for most of the division, regiment, and military unit numbers was the Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN) web site put together by Michael Holm. The site has a lot of good information, including the history of the Strategic Rocket Forces, locations, and names of commanders. It got a few names and designations wrong, however - the numbers below are carefully checked against various open sources - forum posts, photos, and videos. I am reasonably confident I got everything right. Most divisions use internal designations for their regiments and subunits - the 1st regiment or the 16th area (площадка). I added these names as they help better identify the units. Another extremely useful resource is the overview of the Strategic Rocket Forces put together by Kommersant back in 2009. At this point I did not include the full unit names (they are quite long and hard to translate sometimes) and did not add "Guards" to the names of Guards missile regiments. I added links to Google Maps, but to see the full picture one needs to look up the places on Google Earth (or, in a few cases, on Bing and Yandex). I hope that coordinates will help to do it easily.

    At the time the START Treaty was signed in 1990, the Soviet Union had nine road-mobile ICBM bases - Teykovo (36 missiles), Yoshkar-Ola (18, later increased to 36), Yur'ya (45), Nizhniy Tagil (45), Novosibirsk (27, increased to 45), Kansk (27, increased to 45), Irkutsk (36), Barnaul (36), Drovyanaya (0, increased to 18), Vypolzovo (0, increased to 18). Each base houses a missile division, which included a number of missile regiments. Each regiment ("raketnyy polk") would have nine missiles, organized in three battalions ("division" in Russian, as opposed to "diviziya" for a missile division). Each regiment would have its own basing area with large garages for the support vehicles (normally one garage in a battalion) and so-called Krona shelters - one for each TEL. It appears that TELs are normally housed in their shelters, where they can be put on combat duty in a fully automatic mode - just like their silo-based brethren, but without the protection offered by a silo. Some bases have semi-underground shelters for TELs as well. Here is how a typical Topol regiment looks like (this one is in Barnaul):

    The missiles would occasionally go on patrol, which could last three weeks or as long as two months. It appears that each battalion can go on patrol independently, but it's also possible that a patrol involves the entire regiment. While on patrol, the missiles don't roam around - they move to a stationary position somewhere in the woods, pull on a masking net and wait for a launch order. Battalions could probably change a few positions during a longer patrol, but it's unlikely they do that, since each transfer would mean doing the "maskirovka" again, which actually defeats its purpose. I was told by someone whose job was to search for signs of Topols on satellite images back in the 1980s that they are virtually impossible to find (in fact, it turned out it was easier to see the foxholes dug by the protection force than the actual missiles). On the other hand, the technology is much better now - I recently saw a presentation that showed how SAR images could tell you if there was a movement on a road about a day after the event, so hiding in obscure places is getting difficult. To get a sense how a patrol looks like you could find quite a few videos that show it, like this one.

    Now, the bases. All Topol missiles were removed from three divisions - Drovyanaya (4th missile division, Chita-46, Gorniy), Yur'ya (8th missile division), and Kansk (23rd guards missile division). The 4th and the 23rd divisions were disbanded in the 2000s, but the 4th division in Yur'ya apparently lives on. So, it will go first.

    Yur'ya (4th Missile Division)


    In 2007 Russia listed Yur'ya as a test site for the purposes of START treaty and in 2010 it received a new commander. Russia declared 9 non-deployed SS-25 missiles at Yur'ya to the very end of the START data exchange, and apparently one of the sites - the 76th missile regiment (59.21946, 49.4256, в/ч 49567, 3 площадка) is still active. The word is that the regiment operates command missiles of the Perimeter command and control system (the missile system is known as 15P175 Sirena) - this sounds about right. The other four basing areas of the Yur'ya division look abandoned.

    The command missiles at Yur'ya are probably not accounted for in the New START as deployed missiles - it's likely that the base is declared as a test range, which means that all launchers there are counted as test launchers. It worked for START, so it works for New START too.

    Teykovo (54th Guards Missile Division)

    The Teykovo division was the first that accepted new road-mobile missiles - Topol-M and then RS-24 Yars. In 1990, the division included four regiments with the total of 36 Topol missiles. All these regiments are still active today.

    The first two regiments that were converted to Topol-M are the 321st regiment (56.93211, 40.54313, в\ч 21663, 1-й полк) and the 235th regiment (56.70417, 40.4375, в\ч 12465, 2-й полк). In both places, there was construction of the support buildings - barracks and so on, but the garages and shelters remained in place and it appears that they are the same structures that were used for Topol missiles.

    The two regiments that received mobile RS-24 Yars - the 285th Guards missile regiment (56.80944, 40.17111, в\ч 12416, 3-й полк) and the 773rd missile regiment (56.91541, 40.30843, в\ч 43656, 4-й полк) - were somewhat different. There was no new construction at either site until about 2011 (last Google Earth imagery), although the Krona shelters were taken down in the 773rd regiment some time before September 2009. The Bing image of the regiment shows new construction activity - the garages and shelters are being built anew in new places (although the general outline of the base is intact). There are no post-2011 images of the 285th regiment, but since we know that RS-24 is deployed there, we can assume that the base underwent a similar transformation - old garages and shelters have been replaced by new ones.

    Novosibirsk (39th Guards Missile Division)

    The 39th division is located in Pashino, near Novosibirsk. In 1990, it had three active regiments with 27 Topol missiles, but by 1994 the number of missiles reached 45 (five regiments). The number of missiles (as reported in START) was reduced to 36 in 2008, but the shelters apparently were still in place. Still, it appears that one regiment - the 826th Guards missile regiment (55.36696, 83.23493, в\ч 12423, 23 площадка) - has been disbanded.

    Most of the sites in the area has reasonably recent satellite shots - from September 2014. The only place where construction is visible is the 428th regiment (55.31046,83.02408, в\ч 44197, 13 площадка). Old garages and shelters have been taken down and new ones have been built. There is little doubt that this is the first RS-24 Yars regiment in Novosibirsk that reportedly began combat duty in December 2013.

    According to the Rocket Forces, the service received 12 mobile RS-24 Yars missiles in 2014. It's not clear if the Novosibirsk division got any of these, but it appears that they would have nowhere to go, as none of the sites look ready to accept them. There is some activity at the site of the site of the 382nd regiment (55.31745, 83.16841, в\ч 44238, 21 площадка) - dismantlement of old shelters began at some point in the 2013, but no new construction is visible on the September 2014 images. This is probably the second regiment of the 39th division that will receive RS-24 missiles, but it is not quite there yet.

    The other two regiments seem to be unaffected by the changes. Some sources suggested that the 357th regiment (55.32551, 82.94215, в\ч 54097, 12 площадка) has been prepared to receive RS-24 since 2012, but there is no activity at the site, so that information is incorrect. The 773rd regiment (55.38045, 82.91891, в\ч 07399, 11 площадка) was transferred to Teykovo (where is became в\ч 43656).

    The bottom line appears to be that there are three "alive" regiments in Novosibirsk. We know that the 428th regiment has nine RS-24 Yars missiles. As for the other two, it is likely that all SS-25/Topol missiles have been removed to make room for RS-24, but the conversion has not been completed yet.

    Nizhniy Tagil (42nd Missile Division)

    The Nizhniy Tagil division is the third division that is being converted to RS-24 Yars. The division had five regiments in 1990, but by 2009 Russia reported that only three regiments had deployed missiles.

    The 617th regiment (58.080077, 60.211, в\ч 12830, 12 площадка) was reportedly disbanded in 2008. The site looks quite neglected, so it is probably safe to assume that this regiment is not active anymore.

    The 308th regiment(58.230585, 60.67646, в\ч 54258, 21 площадка) was disbanded in 2004. The site was very much in ruins in 2009, when the last START data exchange took place, so this is the second disbanded regiment of the 42nd division.

    The location, however, was later used to build an entirely new base - the one that apparently operates RS-24 missiles. It is the new base that is clearly visible on the current satellite images. We know that the division received six RS-24 Yars missiles in December 2013 and more - in 2014. But let's return to the RS-24 deployment later.

    The 804th regiment (58.13748, 60.53811, в\ч 9430, 11 площадка) was very much intact in 2009, but had some of its shelters dismantled starting in 2012-2013. Since no new construction was visible in June 2014, it's safe to assume that no missiles, whether Topol or Yars, were deployed there in 2014.

    There is not much activity at the 142nd regiment base (58.19598, 60.58049, в\ч 73795, 5 площадка) - all Krona shelters were in place in May 2014. Nothing is happening in the 433rd regiment (58.10153, 60.35971, в\ч 19972, 1 площадка) as well - the most recent image there is from September 2014.

    So, it is not entirely clear where the new RS-24 Yars missiles that were reported to have begun service in 2014 are based. There is some construction at the division technical base (RTB, 58.10035,60.43318), but nothing that would house missile launchers.

    So, where are the RS-24 missiles in Nizhniy Tagil? Nine could be theoretically deployed at the new site built at the 308th regiment location (we don't know if the new regiment will retain the number; probably not). But as of the last image, 2 June 2014, the site looks pretty far from complete. Probably this is why only six missiles were deployed there in 2013. But in 2014 the Rocket Forces reportedly received 12 new mobile RS-24. These presumably were distributed between Novosibirsk and Nizhniy Tagil. Three of these 12 probably joined the new RS-24 regiment. But there is no place for the other nine to go - whether in Novosibirsk or in Nizhniy Tagil.

    Yoshkar-Ola (14th Missile Division)

    The division in Yoshkar-Ola included four regiments with Topol missiles back in the 1990s, although the START data exchange showed that missile shelters were constructed only in three of them. One regiment was indeed disbanded and removed from START declarations in 2003 - most likely it is the 702nd missile regiment (56.597515, 48.358512, в\ч 68530).

    As the satellite imagery shows, three regiments of the Yoshkar-Ola division were very much operational in 2014: the 290th missile regiment (56.83194, 48.24083 in Google Maps and a better image on Yandex, в\ч 93876, площадка 1к), the 779th missile regiment (56.5825, 48.15472&, в\ч 69795, 1 площадка) and the 697th missile regiment (56.56, 48.21528, в\ч 48404, 16 площадка).

    There are no signs of activity at either of the three active sites (the most recent imagery is from February 2014 for the 290th regiment and from September 2014 for the other two), so it appears that they are all operational with SS-25/Topol missiles. Apparently there is a plan to deploy RS-24 Yars in Yoshkar-Ola, but so far nothing visible has been done there.

    Irkutsk (29the Guards Missile Division)

    In the 1990 START exchange data, Russia declared four Topol missile regiments in the Irkutsk division. Since then, one of the regiments have beed disbanded - at the base of the 345th missile regiment (52.57028, 104.80889, в\ч 40883, 4-й полк) all shelters had been removed by mid-2007. The regiments has disappeared from all social (not to mention the mainstream) media since then, so it is safe to say that it has indeed been disbanded.

    Of the three remaining regiments, two appear to be active - the 344th missile regiment (52.66944, 104.51972, в\ч 52933, 2-й полк) and the 586th missile regiment (52.55167, 104.15861, в\ч 52009, 3-й полк). Their shelters are intact and no construction activity is seen on the site. All indications are that these regiments still operate SS-25/Topol missiles.

    The 92nd missile regiment (52.50861, 104.39333, в\ч 48409, 1-й полк) is quite different. The shelters there are last seen fully intact on the 9//7/2010 image and by 9/15/2012 all shelters are gone. There is no other construction activity at the site, however. It's possible that the regiment is being prepared to be disbanded, just like the 345th regiment before it. Another possibility is that it is being prepared for RS-26 deployment, which some reports indicated will begin in Irkutsk in 2015 (it is now postponed until 2016).

    Barnaul (35th Missile Division)

    There are four missile regiments in the Barnaul division - the 479th Guards missile regiment (53.769921, 83.95915, в\ч 29517, 1-й полк), the 480th missile regiment (53.3059, 84.14618, в\ч 29562, 3-й полк), the 867th missile regiment (53.22468, 84.6695, в\ч 29551, 4-й полк), and the 307th missile regiment (53.31306, 84.5075, в\ч 29532, 2-й полк).

    The imagery of the 867th and 307th regiments is rather old - from April 2009 and June 2005 respectively. However, judging from the traffic these regiments get in various social media, the regiments are very much operational. So, it's quite likely that the division in Barnaul has the full complement of 36 SS-25/Topol missiles in service.

    Vypolzovo (7th Guards Missile Division)

    There were no Topol missiles deployed in Vypolzovo in 1990, but by the end of the 1990s two regiments with 18 missiles were deployed there - the 41st missile regiment (57.86305, 33.65167, в\ч 14264, 1-й полк) and the 510th missile regiment (57.78825, 33.86542, в\ч 52642, 2-й полк).

    Both sites look well-maintained, with no signs of recent construction or other activity, so it's possible that the Vypolzovo division has 18 operational Topol missiles. There was one report that suggested that RS-26 will be deployed in Vypolzovo at some point, but it's not clear if that report was reliable. In any event, that deployment is not imminent.

    [UPDATE 01/14/2015: The division just completed an exercise, so it is very much active.]

    Summary

    So, where does this leave us? First, it is easy to count Topol-M missiles - there are 18 of them in Teykovo. Also, we could say with certainty that there are 18 RS-24 Yars missiles in Teykovo as well. Two additional RS-24 regiments - one in Novosibirsk and one in Nizhniy Tagil - can be reliably identified, brining the number of RS-24 regiments to four. These have place for 36 missiles, but the total number of RS-24 Yars missiles appears to be 45: 18 in Teykovo plus 15 deployed in Novosibirsk and Nizhniy Tagil in 2013, plus 12 added to the force in 2014. Nine RS-24 missiles appear to be "homeless". So, it's probably not all that surprising that the RS-24 deployment in 2014 fell short of the original goal - the bases are not ready yet.

    As for the SS-25/Topol missiles, there are 14 regiments in six divisions that look like they are capable of operating SS-25. That's 126 missiles. Which seems too high - there is no way Russia keeps 126 old Topols and claim that 43% of its ICBMs are new. My guess is that quite about half of these 14 regiments are in "stand down" mode. The obvious candidates are the three regiments in Novosibirsk and Nizhniy Tagil, which are being converted to RS-24 Yars. The division in Irkutsk may also be preparing for a transfer to a different class of missiles (RS-26 in this case) - that two more regiments. Maybe there are two others in Yoshkar-Ola and Vypolzovo, which may be prepared to convert to RS-24. But it's all just a guess at this point.

    The bottom line is that I will assume that as of January 2015 Russia has 72 SS-25 Topol missiles in active force. This is somewhat arbitrary, but it's not a totally unreasonable assumption. I hope that we'll see more activity on these sites that would allow to make a better estimate. Comments are appreciated, of course. (Unfortunately, I had to close anonymous comments - the amount of spam is unbelievably high. Please feel free to register on the site - your registration information will never be used for any purposes.)
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    Topol, Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles

    Post  Kyo on Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:38 pm

    Topol, Yars ballistic missile launchers on combat patrol in 6 Russian regions

    About 700 units of military equipment, including launchers are deployed in the positioning areas in the Tver, Ivanovo, Kirov, Irkutsk regions, as well as in Altai Territory and the Mari El republic


    MOSCOW, February 4. /TASS/. The Topol, Topol-M and Yars mobile ballistic missile launchers have been put on combat patrol mission in six Russian regions, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman for Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) Colonel Igor Yegorov said on Wednesday.
    "The Topol, Topol-M and Yars mobile launchers are drilling combat duty tasks in six regions of the country with extended combat patrolling time. About 700 units of military equipment, including launchers are deployed in the positioning areas in the Tver, Ivanovo, Kirov, Irkutsk regions, as well as in Altai Territory and the Mari El republic," Yegorov said.

    According to him, the time of winter combat patrolling has been extended to nearly a month this year. "This means that each missile regiment will spend about 60 days per year on combat patrolling routes," he said.
    Topol is a ground-based mobile strategic intercontinental ballistic missile system. The Topol-M ICBM system belongs to the fifth generation of strategic missiles. The three-stage solid-propelled single warhead missile has a silo and mobile version. Yars is a solid-propelled mobile and silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple warheads.
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    Re: Strategic Missile Troops (ICBMs): Discussion & News

    Post  Anas Ali on Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:27 pm


    what is this fire around the head of the missile ?

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    Post  Werewolf on Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:42 pm

    This a thrusters to angle the missile towards its target, usually after vertical launch. Some even are needed or used to stabilize the missile via spinning from such thrusters, but the common thing is just vectoring the missile towards its target right after launch.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:01 am

    That is an ancient battlefield artillery rocket from the FROG family.

    It is just using slightly offset angled thrusters near the nose to spin the rocket and stabilise it in flight to improve accuracy, or more accurately to remove the chance of the rocket veering off in one direction.


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    Post  Rmf on Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:16 am

    George1 wrote:Russia's Strategic Missile Forces to Conduct Over 100 Drills in 2015

    Russia's Strategic Missile Forces will conduct over 100 command and staff, tactical and specialized drills to improve the performance of troops' field training in 2015.

    MOSCOW, January 11 (Sputnik) — The Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) of Russia are planning to conduct over 100 drills at various levels in 2015, SMF spokesperson Col. Igor Yegorov said Sunday.

    "In 2015, SMF will conduct over 100 command and staff, tactical and specialized drills. The drills will be conducted in complex and tense conditions," Yegorov told the press.

    The spokesperson added that the purpose of the planned exercises is to improve the performance of troops' field training by increasing the duration of the drills. In addition, requirements for skills of all categories of servicemen will be increased.

    Russia's Strategic Missile Forces are the arm of the country's Armed Forces and the main component of it's strategic nuclear forces. Their main goals include nuclear deterrence of a possible aggression and the defeat of possible enemy's strategic objects of military and economic potential by means of nuclear missile attacks.

    In late December, Russia's Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov cited the strengthening of the country's nuclear triad as the Armed Forces' main task for 2015.
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    Re: Strategic Missile Troops (ICBMs): Discussion & News

    Post  Austin on Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:21 am

    "Topol" and "Bulava" reaffirmed their reliability and high efficiency

    Russian Rocket sword

    Russia and China can seriously spoil the blood of Washington, deploying off the coast of the USA submarines with cruise missiles long range


    It would be better not to open Pandora's box

    Russia has never considered its strategic weapons as an instrument of aggression


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    Post  George1 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:23 pm

    Russia’s SMF Ready to Repel a ‘Lightning-Speed’ Nuclear Strike

    Russian Strategic Missile Forces will parry all nuclear attacks and punish the enemy with a devastating retaliatory strike.

    The Russian Strategic Missile Forces are prepared to shield the country from a nuclear attack under any circumstances, the SMF Central Command’s chief said.

    “If we have to accomplish a task of repelling a “lightning-speed” nuclear strike, this objective will be attained within a prescribed period”, Andrei Burbin told RSN Radio on Saturday. He added the SMF are ready to deliver a retaliatory nuclear strike “unhesitatingly”.

    He emphasized that the geographic position of Russia’s missile units protects them from destruction by “any global strike”.

    The Major General also said that the SMF are successfully implementing the rearmament plan. In 2020, 98 percent of the SMF systems will be new.

    Currently, more than 6,000 people are on daily duty in the SMF of Russia.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150301/1018907070.html#ixzz3T8FMvUAp

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