Guards Missile Division in Irkutsk to receive advanced Rubezh ICBM systems and Yars systems TASS 30604161

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Guards Missile Division in Irkutsk to receive advanced Rubezh ICBM systems and Yars systems
Two regiments of the Russian Strategic Missile Force’s 29th Guards Missile Division based in Irkutsk in East Siberia will receive Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) systems, a source in the defense and industrial sector told TASS on Tuesday.
     
Guards Missile Division in Irkutsk to receive advanced Rubezh ICBM systems and Yars systems 640 001Futuristic design of the RS-26 based on the RS-24 Yarts ICBM
     

Another two regiments of the 29th Guards Missile Division will receive advanced Rubezh ICBM systems, the source added.

"A decision has been made to increase the number of regiments within the 29th division to four. Two of the four regiments will be rearmed with Yars missile systems and the other two with Rubezh ICBM complexes," the source said.

"There were plans to fully re-equip the division with advanced Rubezh missile systems with the new RS-26 solid-propellant ballistic missile but then the plans were changed and the division started receiving Yars missile complexes," the source added.

According to the source, the two regiments armed with Rubezh missile systems may go on combat duty this year.

The Yars and Rubezh missile systems will replace Topol mobile complexes in service with the Irkutsk division.

A source in Russia’s defense industry told TASS earlier that the Irkutsk division would be the first to receive Rubezh mobile ground missile systems within the Strategic Missile Force. According to the Defense Ministry, the division will receive Yars missile systems before the yearend.

The RS-26 intercontinental ballistic missile has been developed on the basis of the RS-24 missile of the Yars system and features an improved missile defense penetration complex. The Rubezh missile system will have only the mobile rather than the silo-based version. The final launch of the RS-26 missile was performed on March 18 and acknowledged successful.
     
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