Mobile missile complexes: Russia’s nuclear shield future

The Teykovskaya Division of Russia’s Strategic Missile Troops located in the Ivanovo region is the first division fully rearmed with the new Topol-M (SS-27) and RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile systems. Later, Yars is to be introduced in more Strategic Missile Troops units.

Mobile complexes were considered to be the most promising systems, though silo launchers were perfectly safe and technically flawless already in the late 1980s.

They were capable of protecting a missile mounted onboard even from a nearby nuclear explosion but failed to protect it from precision-guided munition directly hitting a silos lid. In the 1990s, precision-guided weapons were showcased in all their glory.

Mobile complexes gained more importance after Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama signed the START-3 Treaty limiting strategic weapons.

Full article: Mobile missile complexes: Russia’s nuclear shield future (Space Daily)

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