Two regiments of the Strategic Missile Forces (Strategic Missile Forces) in 2021 will be re-equipped with mobile and silo-based Yars missile systems. The commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, Colonel-General Sergei Karakaev, announced this on Monday, December 21, at an expanded meeting of the collegium of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
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“In 2021, we plan to re-equip the next regiment of the Barnaul missile formation with mobile-based Yars missile systems, we will begin to re-equip the next regiment of the Kozelsk missile formation with a silo version of this complex, and we will continue to re-equip the Yasnensky missile formation with the Avangard missile system,” he said …
In 2020, two regiments of the Barnaul missile formation were re-equipped with the mobile-based Yars complex, the re-equipment of the missile regiment in the Kozelsk missile formation with the silo version of this complex was completed, and the rearmament of the Yasnensky missile formation with the Avangard missile complex is continuing, Karakaev noted.
According to him, by the end of 2020, the share of modern missile weapons in the Strategic Missile Forces has been brought to 81%. “The Strategic Missile Forces grouping will be given new capabilities to fulfill the tasks of nuclear deterrence,” the commander added.
In 2019, within the framework of the State Armament Program, about 100 new basic types of weapons and military equipment of the Strategic Missile Forces were purchased. This made it possible to complete the rearmament of three missile regiments to the Yars missile systems and to begin the rearmament of another missile regiment to the Avangard missile system.
Currently, the Strategic Missile Forces have seven types of missile systems, of which four are stationary silo-based – Voevoda, Stilet, Topol-M and Yars – and mobile-based – Topol, Topol -M “and” Yars “.
Earlier, on December 13, the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces Sergei Karakaev said that by the end of 2020, three regiments with intercontinental ballistic missiles would be put on alert.
On December 15, a missile regiment with Yars took up combat duty in a division near Barnaul, the Zvezda TV channel reported.
Yars is a mobile and silo-based strategic missile system. It can hit targets at a range of up to 11 thousand km, is equipped with a multiple warhead with maneuvering individual guidance units.