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Topol SS-25 Sickle RS-12M RT-2PM ICBM

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Topol SS-25 Sickle RS-12M RT-2PM

ICBM InterContinental Ballistic Missile - Russia

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The RT-2PM Topol, NATO reporting name: SS-25 Sickle, is a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) designed by 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 (ICBM). The Topol was the first fully road mobile ICBM commissioned by the Soviet Union. The development of the SS-25 was actually forbidden by the second Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty (SALT II), which prohibited the development of more than one new missile system. The SS-25 was officially developed as an updated SS-13 Mod 2, though it is actually a completely different missile design. The SS-25 entered development in 1971, with the first flight test occurring in 1982. The missile entered service in 1999, with 288 missiles deployed at nine sites by 1991. Production is believed to have ceased in 1994, with a total of 450 SS-25 missiles built. It was believed that in July 2002, there were 355 missiles with operational status. In July 2001 an RV flew several hundred km at 33 km (21 miles) altitude, suggesting that the RV was a hypersonic missile test or it had wings and a fitted motor.

Topol ICBM SS-25 variants:

SS-27 Topol-M : Upgrade version of SS-25

Technical Data

Missile container
The Topol ICBM missile is deployed in a transport-launch canister stationed on a mobile launch vehicle. The Transporter Erector Launcher is mounted on cross-country 7-axle chassis which incorporates jacks, gas and hydraulic drives and cylinders, with a power of several hundred tons, for jacking and leveling of the launcher, speeded up (combat) and slowing down (maintenance) elevation of the container with the missile to the vertical position. The TEL is accompanied by a mobile command post, which carries support facilities mounted on cross-country 4-axle chassis with unified vans. The complex is equipped with an onboard inertial navigation system which provides the capability to conduct the launch independently from its field deployment sites. This topo-geodesic support and navigation subsystem, created by the “Signal” Research Institute, provides a quick and highly precise tie-in of the launcher in a field position and enables its crew to carry out missile launches from any combat patrol route point. The launch can also be carried out at regimental bases from the garrison garage, which has a sliding roof.
The missile of the Topol SS-25 ICBM 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. The SS-25 is 20.5 m long with a diameter of 1.8 m in the first stage, 1.55 m in the second, and 1.34 m in the third. Its launch weight is 45,100 kg and it uses a three-stage solid-propellant engine.
Mobility TEL Transporter Erector Launcher
The Topol RT-2PM is a Russian single-warhead ICBM (InterContinental Ballistic Missile). It was designed to be road mobile and is mounted on a heavy truck (MAZ-7310 or MAZ-7917). The RT-2 is a road mobile 3-stage, single-warhead ICBM. Its 29.5 m length and 1.7 m diameter are approximately the same size and shape as the U.S. Minuteman ICBM. It has a throw-weight of 1000 kg and carries a single warhead with a yield of 550 Kt and accuracy (CEP) of 900m according to Russian sources [as opposed to 300m according to Western sources]. Its road mobile capability gave the SS-25 an extremely high probability of survival. It can fire from field deployment sites or through sliding roof garage bases.
Combat use
The Topol-M SS-25 ICBM missiles are launched from 14 wheeled Transporter-Erector-Launcher (TEL) vehicles. They are usually operated in forest areas to increase their survivability, and their storage sites are equipped with a sliding roof to enable emergency launch. The system is cold-launched from a canister.


Armament Weight missile
One ballistic missile RS-12M 45,100 kg
Country users Length
Russia 21.5
Warhead Range missile
Nuclear 11,000 km
Power missile Guidance System
0.55 megaton Inertial, autonomous
Engine Vehicle
Three-stage Solid-fuel rocket 14 wheeled Transporter-Erector-Launcher

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