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The RS-24 Yars, also known as RT-24 Yars or Topol'-MR, is a Russian MIRV-equipped, thermonuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile first tested on May 29, 2007, after a secret military R&D project, to replace the older R-36 and UR-100N that have been in use for nearly 50 years.
Russian rocket division is currently armed with Yars missiles deployed in silos or on mobile launchers.
The RS-24 Yars, designed to evade missile defense systems up to a range of 7,500 miles, is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile that can be fired both from a mobile launcher and silo.
Russia's Ministry of Defense said that RS-24 Yars and Topol-M ballistic missiles would be the mainstays of the ground-based component of Russia's nuclear triad and would account for no less than 80 percent of the Strategic Missile Forces' arsenal by 2016.
The YARs thanked the commissioners who spoke with them and ate meals with them during the week.
"The RS-24 Yars ICBM was launched at 11:02 Moscow time (0802 GMT) and hit the target in the Kura testing range in Kamchatka Peninsula (in the Far East)," Interfax news agency quoted the ministry spokesman for Strategic Missile Force (RVSN) Igor Yegorov as saying.
YARS is responsible for the production of one of the oldest enzymes in the history of life (tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase), which is vital for the production of proteins.
This year's YARs avoided that pitfall by poking fun at a particular part of the assembly proceedings: the frequent consultations between the Moderator and the principal clerk, the two leaning toward each other, the Moderator cautiously keeping a hand over his microphone.
According to open sources, the SMF currently operates at least 58 silo-based SS-18 Satan ballistic missiles, 160 road-mobile Topol (SS-25 Sickle) missile systems, 50 silo-based and 18 road-mobile Topol-M (SS-27 Sickle B) systems, and 18 RS-24 Yars systems.
When it came time for the YARs to write our report, we decided to take a serious angle.
Two regiments of the Teikovo division are equipped with Topol-M systems while the other two regiments of the division are equipped with Yars systems.
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