From the nuclear submarine “Vladimir Monomakh” it successfully fired the launch of two missiles “Bulava”

С АПЛ «Владимир Мономах» успешно произвели запуск сразу двух ракет «Булава» (видео) 


Strategic Missile submarine of the Northern Fleet  “Vladimir Monomakh” made a successful salvo firing two intercontinental ballistic missiles “Bulava” from the White Sea at the Kura test site in Kamchatka

Russia Successfully Launches Yars ICBM From Plesetsk to Kamchatka

The Yars land-based mobile missile system is transported to its field combat duty site at the Teykovo Guards Missile Division


Russia has successfully launched a Yars intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with independently targeted warheads from its Plesetsk Cosmodrome to a range on the Kamchatka Peninsula, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The Yars is a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) that contains several warheads. Great Britain, France, Russia, the United States, and China are the only countries believed to have these types of ICBMs in their arsenal.“The military blocks arrived to the intended region at the Kura Range on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The set goals of the launch have been reached and the tasks have been completed in full,” Igor Egorov, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry’s  Strategic Missile Forces, said.

Russia to re-start launches of ‘Satan’ ICBM

Russia plans to re-start trial launches of the RS-20 Voyevoda Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, after converting the Dnepr missile, also known by NATO as “Satan.” Russia now possesses 60 such missiles which, over the next five years, will be withdrawn from service. The plan is to use the Voyevoda missiles for civilian purposes, for commercial launches, to avoid having to destroy the expensive missiles

Russia to re-start launches of ‘Satan’ ICBM


The Dnepr is the converted R-36M (in various modifications) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). It is being offered on the market for rocket launches by the Kosmotras company, founded in Moscow, on the basis of an agreement between the Russian and Ukrainian governments. The R-36M was has been withdrawn from service since the beginning of the 1990s and has been transferred to Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine) for conversion to launch satellites, with direct Ukrainian involvement. The military and political crisis, however, has brought confusion to Ukraine’s international space cooperation with Russia. This ambiguity has also affected the Dnepr rocket delivery programme.

Missile for civilian purposes

Earlier, in winter 2014, Russian officials said they were reviewing Russia’s participation in this programme. However, on July 23, the Russian Defence Ministry said Dnepr rocket launches would continue, and conversion of the missiles would be undertaken by the government’s Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau at Miass, in the Urals. Kosmotras has, since spring, been denying that there are any problems surrounding the Dnepr. The company will also assist the launch of two communication satellites for the American company Iridium Communications Inc. in autumn 2015, and in 2016-2017. It is set for another five launches.

Russia has around 60 R-36 ICBMs, which are due to be withdrawn completely from service in the 2020s if their service life isn’t extended. Between 1999 and 2015, 22 launches were made (21 successful) using the Dnepr. Competition in the rocket design industry is growing both globally and within Russia, but the demand for placing satellites in orbit is also growing.

The Dnepr occupies an important niche here: with its assistance in 2003-2012, 22 % of all micro-satellites (10-100 kg) and 18 % of all nano-satellites (1 to 10 kg) have been launched. These are, so far, the best indicators within this particular segment, and the rocket itself is extremely reliable. The technology for such devices is being developed by dozens of universities and companies around the globe, enabling one to expect stable growth in their number over the next few years.

The approximate cost of a single Dnepr launch ranges between US$24 and US$30 million. If, over the next few years, the cost of delivering satellites into orbit does not markedly decrease, then these rockets have a good chance of being used through to the 2030s, as satellite delivery is an alternative use for the missiles.

Temporary replacement for the Angara

However, the withdrawal of Ukraine from the project, and the transfer of the R-36M conversion to the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau will require company resources and will be accompanied by risks, since it will be necessary to resolve two interrelated problems: conversion of an unfamiliar rocket, and avoiding a rushed job.

Redesign work is necessary for both the R-36M’s control system (carried out by Kharkiv company Khartron), and for the upcoming launch of Iridium this autumn. The company has completed its part of the work. In Russia there are at least four companies working on the onboard electronics of the space engineering systems (including the Leninets Central Scientific Production Company, Pilugin Scientific Production Center of Automatics and Instrument Making among others). However, should their Ukrainian partners completely refuse to cooperate, this will cause a problem for them, which no one previously predicted and was not avoided in their manufacturing plans.

In any case, the six launches which have been announced for 2015–2017 must take place regardless of approaching complications, since Russia’s reputation as a provider of aero-space services is on the line. In the long term, however, Russia will be involved in perfecting and minimizing costs of the Angara launch vehicle, which could fill the Dnepr’s niche. The approximate cost of a single Dnepr launch ranges between US$24 and US$30 million. Source:

Russia may resume launches of Satan ICBMs for civilian purposes



Russia plans to resume launches of RS-20 Voevoda intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) under the Dnepr program, which is designed to combine the disposal of ICBMs and the placement of civilian payloads into orbit, the Russian Defense Ministry told Interfax-AVN on July 23.
“After the Ukrainian participants in the Dnepr program withdrew from the Kosmotras consortium, the provider of launch services has every opportunity to implement the declared launch manifest. To resume the launches, it will be necessary to settle some procedural issues related to the cancellation of the previous decision on suspending the program,” he said.
“Such plans are being worked on now,” he said.

Russia Will Knock Out US Missile Shield Installations If Attacked – General

Topol M missile system shown at Alabino range near Moscow

If attacked, Russia will respond with retaliatory strikes at US missile defense installations wherever they may be in the world, Russia’s former Strategic Missile Forces’ commander warned on Tuesday.
“Any military facility of the US global missile shield will become a primary target of a Russian counterattack in the event of a military aggression against this country,” Viktor Yesin told RIA Novosti news agency.

The deployment of US missile defenses in Europe under the pretext of protecting America’s European allies against an imaginary missile attack by Iran has been a major irritant in US-Russia relations.

Washington insists the European missile shield is not aimed against Russia, but refuses to provide any legal guarantees to Moscow that its missile defense systems in Europe are not directed at Russia’s strategic nuclear deterrent.



Russia Puts Eight ICBMs Into Service

RS-24 Yars/SS-27 Mod 2 solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missiles

Eight intercontinental ballistic missiles have been put into service in Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces in the second quarter of 2015, the country’s Deputy Minister of Defense Yuriy Borisov said Thursday.

Russian Strategic Missile Forces have also received seven mobile launchers, Borisov said.He added that Russia would carry out six space launches for military purposes by end of the year.

According to the deputy minister, the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces carried out two launches in the second quarter of 2015.

Thirty years for Topol is not age


The accumulated experience in the development and operation of mobile ground systems with medium-range missiles allowed the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology-based intercontinental ballistic missile solid fuel silo-based RT-2P (8K98P) to create a new mobile missile system with an intercontinental ballistic missile RT-2PM (15ZH58).

Development of a new missile system, dubbed “Topol” began almost four decades ago. It was conducted on the basis of the decision of the Central Committee of the CPSU and the USSR Council of Ministers dated 19 July 1976, the requirements of the Soviet-American SALT-2 Treaty concerning starting and throw-weight of the rocket, its length and the maximum diameter, the number of stages, type of fuel, composition and characteristics of the combat equipment. Flight tests of the missile were conducted on 53 th range (Plesetsk) from February 1983 to December 1987 and came in two stages.

Based on RT-2PM Topol ICBMs “Topol” developed a family of conversion of space launch vehicles such as “Start”. The launches of the rocket can be carried out from Plesetsk and Svobodny.