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Doomsday Weapon: Russia’s New Missile Shocks and Dazzles US, China

Sergei Shoigu inspects Teykovo Guards Missile Division and Yars land-based mobile missile system

Russia’s advanced RS-26 intercontinental ballistic missile has raised admiring eyebrows of military experts everywhere, the official Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper wrote.

In a Chinese television program aired earlier this month a local defense expert hailed the unique characteristics of the Russian ICBM and the fear it had instilled in the hearts of foreign militaries, Rossiiskaya Gazeta wrote.

“Russia’s new RS-26 missile travels along a continuously changing trajectory and as such it has no analogues in the world,” the expert said.

When asked about the US missile defense system, he said that it was “absolutely useless” against the RS-26.

“This one is even better than the famous Topol-M missile… Its warheads are supersonic and change their course all the time. Some of them will penetrate any existing missile defense shield and will hit their target,” the expert added.

When asked whether the new Russian ICBM had caught the Americans flatfooted, the expert said that not only the Americans were clueless but that the Chinese too now had something to worry about.

“Russia is 100-percent safe now, unlike everybody else,” he emphasized.

What makes the RS-26 so special is that even though it weighs just 80 tons, compared to the 120-ton heft of its RS-24 Yars predecessor, the Rubezh packs a frightening 1,2 megatons into its four 300 kiloton warheads.

With a potential range of 11,000 kilometers the RS-26 can hit targets all across the United States.

Moreover, its booster stage is down to under five minutes, which means that NATO radars in Europe will have no time to register the launch.

Adding to NATO air defenders’ worries, during the descending section of its trajectory, with only a few hundred kilometers left to the target, the missile’s warheads suddenly take a dive, lose altitude, and continue the approach as a cruise missile.

These new Russian ICBM warheads were developed in response to America’s plans to deploy a global missile defense system along Russia’s borders.

The RS-26 Rubezh is expected to become operational in 2016.

Launching RS-20 intercontinental ballistic missile

Russia Successfully Test-Fires RS-26 Ballistic Missile

Russia carried out a successful test-firing of an RS-26 Rubezh ballistic missile from its southern Kapustin Yar launch center, a military representative said.

Mobile launcher 'Yars' missile system on the territory of Teykovo air defence missile formation in Ivanovo region.

The missile’s dummy warhead hit its target at the Sary Shagan range in Kazakhstan just minutes after takeoff from the Kapustin Yar rocket launch and development site in the southern Astrakhan region on March 18, Kommersant newspaper reported Thursday, citing a Defense Ministry source in Moscow.The initial test launch of the RS-26 ICBM from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on September 28, 2011, fell through, with the missile veering off course and landing just eight kilometers from the launch site. All subsequent tests in 2012, 2013 and 2015 proved successful.

Currently it is unknown whether this missile carries a single warhead or Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs). Both configurations were tested in 2013.

Rubezh is more accurate than current ballistic missiles and is  capable of penetrating even the most sophisticated missile defenses.

The RS-26 Rubezh is expected to become operational in 2016.

 

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5 Responses to "Doomsday Weapon: Russia’s New Missile Shocks and Dazzles US, China"

  1. Elliott  March 10, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Yup. Well written…

    Just watched the film trailer of Dr. Strangelove – (great, hilarious movie)

    This RS 26 – a Russian cowboy can ride…

  2. JohninMK  March 10, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Anyone else notice that row of fire extinguishers on the front of the transporter?

    Makes me smile given the destructive power just above and behind them.

  3. James  March 9, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Are you referring to the US? Or did you not read that this measure is in response to the attempt to encircle Russia with the anti-missile system? How would you feel if Russia did this to the US?

  4. Altimometer  March 9, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Empire building can’t get you any safety only bankrupt.

    • JohninMK  March 10, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Certainly true in the case of the US empire. Debt levels never seen before.

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