Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
28 September 2011
Also Known As: ABM Killer and Rubezh
Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology and Votkinsk Plant
Parent System: RS-26
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2017
Maiden Flight: 28 September 2011
Total Production: ?
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Description: The RS-26, codenamed Rubezh or Frontier in English, is new road-mobile solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) intended to supplement the RS-24 Yars and Topol-M missiles within the Russian Strategic Forces. The first test launch was carried out at the end of 2013 with the ICBM entry into service expected in the 2015-2016 timeframe. The new missile was developed in secrecy and would be equipped with a new warhead with maneuverability capabilities (MARV) and advanced countermeasures to override missile defenses. It has been dubbed the 'ABM Killer' or 'anti-missile defense killer' and its entry into service is due in 2016. The RS-26 may belong to a new generation of ballistic missiles itended to deliver a warhead that is in fact and hypersonic cruise missile.
In early 2016 the RS-26 missile specifications were released having a maximum range of 11,000 kilometers carrying four 300-kiloton warheads. The RS-26 booster stage lasts for five minutes making it hard to detect by the radar systems located in Europe. During the descending trajectory the warheads take a dive, lose altitude and fly following a flat trajectory as an hypersonic cruise missile a few hundred kilometers before reaching the intended target.
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