Russia Launches RS-24 Yars ICBM During Grom-2019 Exercise

The Russian military has carried out a launch of its RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) during the ongoing Grom-2019 command-post exercise.

The missile was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome state test site and successfully hit a land target, about 5,750 km (3,573 mi) away, at the Kura training ground. The Plesetsk Cosmodrome is a Russian ICBM launch site located in Mirny, Arkhangelsk Oblast, about 800 km north of Moscow. Kura Missile Test Range, originally known as Kama, is a Russian ICBM impact area located in northern Kamchatka Krai in the Russian Far East.

The RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name: SS-29 or SS-27 Mod 2), also known as RT-24 Yars or Topol-MR, is a Russian MIRV-equipped, solid-fuel, mobile, land-based, thermonuclear armed ICBM.

The Grom-2019 exercise also saw practical launches of ballistic and cruise missiles from submarines of the Russian Navy Northern and Pacific fleets from the Barents and Okhotsk Seas at the Kura testing ground on Kamchatka and the Chizha testing ground in Arkhangelsk Region. Surface ships of the Northern Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla also took part in the exercises, launching Kalibr precision cruise missiles.

About 12,000 service personnel, 213 launchers of the Strategic Missile Forces, up to 105 aircraft, up to 15 surface ships, five submarines and 310 units of combat and special equipment were engaged in the exercises.

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