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The defense Ministry more than halved the plans for launches of Intercontinental ballistic missiles RS-12M “Topol”. About it the newspaper “Izvestia” was told in the defense Ministry.
According to the updated plans, in 2018-2019 planned three launch these ICBMs instead of seven. As explained in the defense Ministry, in the coming years will be executed only a few launches of RS-12M for training of personnel of the strategic Missile forces and the proof of the stability characteristics of the missile, which extended the period of operation.
The publication suggests that this is due to start serial production of the new invulnerable to missile defense hypersonic warhead “vanguard”, which was developed as a competing system of “Poplars.” Carrier for hypersonic units will be the newest ICBM RS-28 “Sarmat”.
Strategic missile complex RT-2PM “Topol” with the three-stage solid-rocket 15Ж58 adopted in 1988. ICBM launch weight of 45 tons, capable of throwing about a ton of payload at a distance of 11 thousand kilometers. Standard load of missiles 15Ж58 is a nuclear warhead capacity of 550 kilotons.
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