Russia test-fires Yars ICBM successfully.
MOSKOVA (CyHAN)- Russian Defense Ministry said the army has successfully test-fired an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) Yars on Friday.
"The RS-24 Yars ICBM was launched at 11:02 Moscow time (0802 GMT) and hit the target in the Kura testing range in Kamchatka Peninsula (in the Far East)," Interfax news agency quoted the ministry spokesman for Strategic Missile Force (RVSN) Igor Yegorov as saying.
The multiple-warhead missile's test, carried out by joint efforts of the RVSN and Aerospace Defense Forces, aimed to check reliability of its equipment, he said.
The Yars will gradually replace the elder-generation Topol (RS-12M) and Stiletto (RS-18) missiles.
Currently, 15 Yars mobile missile systems are deployed at the divisions in Novosibirsk and Tomsk in Siberia.
Russia planned to arm two more divisions with Yars and conduct 16 launches of the ICBMs in total this year for various training, testing and commercial tasks. (Cihan/Xinhua)
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