Topol M Tears Up Moscow’s Streets, Arriving at Exhibition Center (Video)

A Topol ICBM launcher at VDNKh

A road-mobile Topol-M missile complex tore up the streets of Moscow Monday night, completing a 100-kilometer journey from the town of Serpukhov, south of Moscow, before arriving in the capital.

Bystanders and media managed to get a first-hand glimpse of the mobile strategic missile system, which was headed to the All-Russian Exhibition Center in northern Moscow. The vehicle is set to take part in an outdoor public exhibition of Soviet and Russian weaponry in honor of the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

Organizers of the exhibition are planning to place the vehicle alongside the Soviet space shuttle, the Buran. In addition to the Topol-M, the exhibition will include the Buk, Tor and OSA-AKM surface-to-air missile systems, as well as the Shilka and Tunguska self-propelled anti-aircraft gun systems, an Su-27 fighter and an Mi8T helicopter, among others.


The missile complex left its base at a section of the Peter the Great Military Academy of the Strategic Missile Forces on Monday evening.

Commenting on the planned exhibition, the Ministry of Defense told Russian media that it would “immortalize the memory of the creators of the nuclear deterrent, symbolizing the contribution of the Strategic Missile Forces to the defense and security of the country, and paying tribute to the selfless work of generations of missile workers.”

According to Russian media, Russian President Vladimir Putin personally approved the order that the missile system be put on display at the exhibition center.


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

The RT-2PM Topol ballistic missile riding to the site of its permanent deployment with the Strategic Missile Forces of the Central Military Distric

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.

Topol-M ballistic missile
Topol-M ballistic missile

Topol-M ballistic missile launched from Plesetsk cosmodrome

Representative of the Russian strategic rocket forces (RVSN) Colonel Igor Yegorov said

© ITAR-TASS / Vladimir Smirnov, file

MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. A test launch of Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile (Nato code name: SS-27) was made from the Plesetsk cosmodrome on Saturday, representative of the Russian strategic rocket forces (RVSN) Colonel Igor Yegorov said.

“The launch was made at 09:20 from Plesetsk. The launch confirms the complex is ready for combat duty,” he said.

Three Yars mobile ICBM regiments to be put on combat duty December — Defense Ministry

The RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a multiple warhead was designed by the Moscow-based Institute of Thermal Technology

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MOSCOW, September 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (RSMF) by the end of the year will re-equip their three regiments with the Yars mobile missile systems to be put on trial combat duty in December, RSMF spokesman Major Dmitry Andreyev told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

“By the end of 2014, two more RSMF mobile regiments are planned to be equipped with the Yars system – in the Tagil and Novosibirsk missile formations and another stationary regiment – in the Kozelsk division. These three regiments are to be put on trial combat duty in December 2014,” he said.

According to Andreyev, with the re-equipment of a number of RSMF formations with Yars, the missile system’s share in these forces has already reached 50%. “Further plans for equipping other missile formations with the Yars system have already been made,” the RSMF spokesman added.

The RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a multiple warhead was designed by the Moscow-based Institute of Thermal Technology. “This missile was designed with the science and technology solutions applied in the Topol-M missile system, which considerably cut the time and costs for its creation,” Andreyev said.

According to him, the RS-24 ICBM will boost the combat capability of the RSMF cutting edge against missile defense systems, thus strengthening the deterrence potential of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces. “In the future, along with the single-warhead RS-12M2 ICBM (Topol-M missile system), the RS-24 ICBM will form the backbone of the RSMF main attack force,” the spokesman added.




Russia Preparing Missile Troops for Victory Day Parade

Russia Preparing Missile Troops for Victory Day Parade

Russian Military Technologies, 27,02.2014
Three Topol-M strategic ballistic missiles will roll through Moscow’s Red Square to mark the Victory Day on May 9, 2014. The military equipment is ready for the Victory Day Parade. This came in a statement by Col. Igor Egorov, a spokesman for the Teikovsky missile unit of the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces.

It should be noted that the Teikovsky troops has been participating in the Victory Day Parade since 2008. Last year, more than 11,000 servicemen from Russia’s Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies, as well as military academy students paraded their colors through the Red Square to music of a combined services brass band comprising 800 musicians.

Tiger and Lynx armored vehicles, BTR-82A armored carriers, T-90 tanks, Msta-S self-propelled artillery systems, S-400 air defence systems, as well as Topol-M and Iskander-M missile complexes awed spectators on the Victory Day in 2013. The fly-past by 68 aircraft and helicopters completed last year’s spectacle.

Russia Test-Fires ICBM to Target in Kazakhstan

Russia Test-Fires ICBM to Target in Kazakhstan

MOSCOW, December 27 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Space Forces test-launched a Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

The launch took place at 9:30 p.m. Moscow time (17:30 GMT) from the Kapustin Yar testing range in southern Russia’s Astrakhan Region.

The simulated warhead hit a designated target at a test range in Kazakhstan, spokesman Col. Igor Yegorov said.

The RS-12M Topol (NATO reporting name SS-25 Sickle), a single-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile, entered service in 1985.

It has a maximum range of 10,000 kilometers (6,125 miles) and can carry a nuclear warhead with a yield of up to 550 kilotons.

The Defense Ministry earlier announced plans to retire most of its outdated SS-18 Satan, SS-19 Stiletto and SS-25 Sickle (Topol) ICBMs and replace them with SS-27 Sickle-B (Topol-M) and RS-24 Yars missiles by 2021.

Russia Test Fires New Yars Ballistic Missile

Russia Test Fires New Yars Ballistic Missile

MOSCOW, December 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russia carried out a successful test-firing of an RS-24 Yars ballistic missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia on Tuesday, a military representative said.

“Today, December 24 at 11:00 a.m. Moscow time a detachment of the Strategic Missile Forces conducted a test launch of a Yars silo-based solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test warhead,” Colonel Igor Yegorov said.

The fifth-generation RS-24 (NATO reporting name SS-29) is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile and can carry multiple independently-targetable nuclear warheads designed to evade missile defense systems. The first RS-24 launch took place at Plesetsk in 2007.

In October the Russian newspaper Vedemosti reported that another new ballistic missile, codenamed RS-26 Rubezh, would have its first test launch by the end of the year.