Successful test-fire Russian-made nuclear-capable Topol ICBM intercontinental ballistic missile 1110

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Defence & Security News - Russia

 
 
Friday, October 11, 2013 11:39 AM
 
Successful test-fire for Russian-made nuclear-capable Topol ICBM intercontinental ballistic missile.
A nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) RS-12M Topol (NATO code SS-25) has been successfully test-fired in Russia’s south, Thursday, October 11 at 17H39 (Moscow time) as part of a series of tests of new combat equipment, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
     
A nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) RS-12M Topol (NATO code SS-25) has been successfully test-fired in Russia’s south, Thursday, October 11 at 17H39 (Moscow time) as part of a series of tests of new combat equipment, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The Topol-M is a Russian-made cold-launched, three-stage, solid-propellant, silo-based or road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile
     

The test launch of the Topol intercontinental three-stage ballistic missile (ICBM) was carried out from the Kapustin Yar testing ground in the Astrakhan region.

Since 2007, Topol has been repeatedly tested in order to allow for the extension of Topol's service life with the current service life of ICBM of this type being recently extended to 25 years. The initial service life used to be only 10 years.

The RT-2PM Topol became the first Soviet mobile ICBM to be successfully entered into service in 1988.

The SS-25 missile of 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.

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.

The Topol missile can be launched from mobile launch unit or ground station.

 

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