Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: BZhRK, RS-27 and SS-X-32Zh
Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology
Parent System: Barguzin
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2020
Total Production: 5
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Description: The Russian Strategic Missiles Forces (RSMF/RVSN) Barguzin is a new railway intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system announced in the middle of December 2014. The successor to the Soviet Union's RT-23/SS-24 missile train will exceed its predecessor in terms of accuracy, range and other characteristics. Technically the Russian call this type of strategic missile train the BZhRK (combat railway missile complex) or nuclear train. As of December 2014 the Barguzin missile train design was completed and the industry was already building a testing model with the aim to deliver a system serviceable to at least until 2040. Russia will use the Barguzin to diversify its ground-based ICBM force in three groups: silo-based, road-mobile and rail-based missiles. The new missile train carrying up to six Yars ICBMs will enter service by 2019 with five trains/regiments to be procured by the RSMF.
The Yars missiles are far more lighter than the RS-24 Molodets and won't need hardened trains making them more difficult to identify and differentiate from regular freight trains on the ground. Besides, lighter missiles imply that more can be towed by the same train six versus three on the RT-23/SS-24 system. Russia is developing the new nuclear train to counter the threat posed by the United States' Conventional Prompt Global Strike program that make possible to hit any target on Earth with conventional weapons and high accuracy within one hour. In the event of a preemptive strike the highly survivable Barguzin will move to any location using the vast Russian railroad system disguised as regular freight trains. The highly mobile Barguzin system is being developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology. The Barguzin name refers to a strong eastern wind that blows over Lake Baikal.
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