Development of a new Russian heavy ballistic missile for 2020 state armes procurement program

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Defense News - Russia
 

Monday, 20 December 2010, 15:01 PM

 
Development of a new Russian heavy ballistic missile for 2020 state armes procurement program.
 
 
Russia's state arms procurement program through 2020 provides for the development of a new heavy ballistic missile, a leading missile designer said on December 20, 2010.
     
Russia's state arms procurement program through 2020 provides for the development of a new heavy ballistic missile, a leading missile designer said on December 20, 2010.
Russian army ballistic missile troops with Topol SS-25
     

The final decision should be made in 2012-13 by the expert community, not solely the Defense Ministry, said Yury Solomonov of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT), the developer of the troubled Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile.

"This matter is beyond the Defense Ministry's competence. It is a matter of state importance," he said.

"Heavy ICBM" refers to a class of missiles with a heavy throw weight between five and nine metric tons and a length of over 35 meters, capable of delivering a large number of warheads in a single MIRV missile.

Russia's Strategic Missile Forces are still armed with Soviet-era SS-18 Satan and SS-20 Saber ICBMs with an extended service life and are expected to remain in service until 2026.

The SS-18 Satan is deployed with up to 10 warheads with a yield of 550 to 750 kilotons each and an operational range of up to 11,000 km (6,800 miles).

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