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RS-26 Rubezh / Avangard - Program

Col. Gen. Vladimir Zarudnitsky, head of the Main Operations Department at Russia’s General Staff, spoke about the new missile system in mid-2013. “As part of the approved plan of augmenting the Russian armed forces, the MoD has conducted a test launch of the new Rubezh ICBM, which has greatly improved strike precision characteristics," the general said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. According to Gen. Zarudnitsky, once the Rubezh passes the trial program it will enter service with the Strategic Missile Troops (the Russian land-based nuclear forces). The first missile regiment will begin receiving these missiles later in 2014.

This is a new missile, of which the Russian Foreign Ministry notified the Americans in accordance with adequate procedures, which is expected to replace Topol-M mobile missile complexes. Prior to October 2013, the prototype of a new ICBM had been tested four times.

The test launch made on 06 June 2013 was the only launch that was officially confirmed by the Ministry of Defense; no details about the missiles had been provided. The first launch was carried out on September 27, 2011 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region and ended with a failure. The missile fell about ten kilometers far from the launch pad.

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. Russia carried out a successful test-firing of an RS-26 Rubezh ballistic missile from its southern Kapustin Yar launch center. 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 18 March 2015, Kommersant newspaper reported, citing a Defense Ministry source in Moscow.

The RS-26 Rubezh missile, based on the previous RS-24 Yars, was expected to be put on combat duty in 2015. The first missile would be deployed at the Irkutsk missile division in Siberia.

Russia's new-generation strategic ballistic missile RS-26 could be put on combat duty as early as in 2016, Commander of Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev, said 25 December 2014. "Tests of the RS-26 ballistic missile are still underway. We are planning to complete them next year and begin putting the missile on combat duty in 2016," Karakayev told RIA Novosti.

Demonstration to US inspectors of the recent Russian ballistic missile RS-26, "Frontier" has been transferred to the next year, Tass source in the Russian Defense Ministry said 18 November 2015. "By decision of the Ministry of Defence showing a group of American inspectors to our new intercontinental ballistic missile RS-26 moved from November 2015 to 2016, the new show dates have not been determined," - said the source. "The American side informed of the decision, it took note of it" - he added.

According to the source, during a demonstration missiles at the Votkinsk Machine Building Plant in Udmurtia in accordance with the START-3 Treaty Americans will have "certain information" about the technical characteristics of the RS-26, which distinguish it from the existing missiles "Yars" and "Topol-M" . In addition, the Russian side will also provide the inspectors photos PC-26, if requested. Finally, the Americans will be able to observe and measure the rocket, and they can not touch it and remove and will not see the launcher.

In the spring of 2015 the Federal Space Agency announced a competition for a demonstration of MS-26 inspectors from the United States. The event was planned to allocate more than 11 million rubles, including the organization of travel of inspectors and accompanying Russian, including meals, lodging and souvenirs.

Solid ballistic missile RS-26, known as "Frontier", created on the basis of MS-24. It is expected that in 2016 the missile would enter service in the Irkutsk Division RVSN.

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