Russia conducts successful test fire of Yars intercontinental ballistic missile

The training warheads successfully reached the designated area at the Kura training ground on the Kamchatka Peninsula, according to the ministry's statement.

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Russia's defense ministry declared a successful test fire of a Yars intercontinental ballistic nuclear missile on Friday, as reported by the news agency TASS. The Russian defense ministry revealed that the launch took place at the state test cosmodrome Plesetsk, where crews from the Yoshkar-Ola missile formation executed a combat training launch of a mobile-based solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile PGRK Yars, equipped with multiple warheads.

The training warheads successfully reached the designated area at the Kura training ground on the Kamchatka Peninsula, according to the ministry's statement.

Why Russia is focuing on missile's devlopment?

The primary objective of the launch was to validate the tactical, technical, and flight characteristics of the modern missile system, stated the defence ministry, confirming the completion of all assigned tasks.

The test comes in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent warning concerning 'increased Western involvement' in the Ukraine conflict, raising concerns about the potential for a 'global nuclear conflict.'

During a two-hour speech, Putin criticized Western leaders for their recklessness and irresponsibility, highlighting the genuine threat of a nuclear conflict that could result in the 'destruction of our civilization.'

Yars missile's supremacy

The Yars missile, known for its lethality, is 23 meters long and is equipped to carry multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRVs). With its MIRV capability, the Yars missile can deliver multiple nuclear warheads, each capable of targeting different objectives. It is a modified version of the Topol-M missile system.

Russia began deploying Yars Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) systems in 2009, with the Yars launcher accepted for experimental combat duty in the Strategic Missile Force. In December, Russian rocket forces loaded a new Yars ICBM into a silo at the Kozelsk base in the Kaluga region, southwest of Moscow.

Largest arsenal of nuclear weapons

With approximately 5,889 nuclear warheads, Russia holds the world's largest arsenal of nuclear weapons, making it the foremost nuclear power. The United States trails closely behind with about 5,244 nuclear warheads. Together, Russia and the United States control over 90 per cent of the world's nuclear weapons, with approximately 1,670 strategic nuclear warheads deployed by each country.