Russia test-fired Topol SS-25 ballistic missile with new warhead

Russia's Strategic Missile Forces successfully test-fired an RS-12M Topol intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a new advanced warhead, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday, September 27, 2017.

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Topol SS-25 ICBM Intercontinental Ballistic Missile at Army-2017, International Military Technical Forum near Moscow, Russia.

The launch was conducted from the Kapustin Yar central range in the Astrakhan region in southern Russia, with the aim to "test advanced warheads installed on the ballistic missile," the ministry said.

"The warhead hit the designated target at the Sary-Shagan testing ranging in Kazakhstan with expected accuracy," it said in a statement.

Data on the missile test launch will be used to develop means of penetrating the enemy missile defenses, according to the ministry.

Last week, the Russian Strategic Missile Force tested its modern Yars intercontinental ballistic missile. A solid propellant missile carrying a multiple warhead payload, Yars is a modern variant of the Topol-M missile series, designed to replace the dated liquid-propellant UR-100N missiles, which are better known under their NATO designation SS-19 Stiletto.

The RT-2PM Topol, NATO reporting name: SS-25 Sickle, is a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile designed in the Soviet Union and in service with Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces. The SS-25 is an intercontinental-range, road mobile, solid propellant ballistic missile system. The Topol was the first fully road mobile ICBM commissioned by the Soviet Union.

The SS-25 Topol delivers a payload of 1,000 kg up to a range of 10,000 km (6,214 miles). This payload is equipped with a single 550 kT warhead and probably decoys as well. The system uses a digital computer controlled inertial navigation system which provides an accuracy of 200 m CEP.