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About The Yars Missile

Context:

Russia’s defence ministry recently announced a successful test fire of Yars intercontinental ballistic nuclear missile.

Relevance:

GS III: Science and Technology

Yars Missile: Russia’s Advanced ICBM

  • Name: Yars (RS-24 or SS-29)
  • Type: Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)
  • Warhead Capability: Multiple Independently Targetable Warheads (MIRVs)
Features
  • Propellant: Three-stage, solid propellant system.
  • Origin: Modified version of the Topol-M missile system.
  • Launch Options: Can be launched from silos or mobile launchers.
  • Dimensions: 23 meters in length; Launch weight of 49,600 kg.
  • Range: Capable of reaching distances up to 10,500 km.
  • MIRVs: Can be armed with up to 10 MIRVs, each carrying a 300-kiloton thermonuclear warhead.
  • Manoeuvrability: Possesses the ability to manoeuvre during flight and deploy both active and passive decoys, enhancing its defense evasion capabilities.
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)
  • Definition: Guided missile designed for delivering nuclear warheads, but versatile for other payloads.
  • Range: Minimum of 5,500 km, with maximum ranges varying from 7,000 to 16,000 km.
  • Speed and Range: ICBMs surpass other ballistic missiles in terms of speed and range.
  • Example: Agni-V, an Indian ICBM, boasts a range exceeding 5,000 km.

-Source: Hindustan Times


 

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