Russia deploys fifth regiment of Topol-M ICBM
Strategic Rocket Forces deployed the fifth regiment of silo-based Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile systems (ICBM) this month


Posted Monday, December 19, 2005

  
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Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces deployed the fifth regiment of silo-based Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile systems (ICBM) this month, the forces' commander said on Friday.

"I am glad to report that the fifth regiment of silo-based Topol-M missile systems came into combat duty in December," Strategic Rocket Forces Commander Col. Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov said, quoted by the Interfax news agency.

The first mobile Topol-M system would be deployed next year in the Ivanovo region in central Russia, Solovtsov said.

With a takeoff weight of 47.2 tons and a payload of 1,200 kg, the Topol-M missile can hit targets as far as 10,000 km. Thanks to its three engines, it also accelerates much faster than all the previous types.

Given its advanced auxiliary engines and guidance equipment, the missile's flight trajectory is unpredictable to the adversary. Its designers also claimed it is fully resistant to electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

Solovtsov said his forces will continue to deploy the silo-based and mobile Topol-M ICBM systems in the next few years.

The Strategic Rocket Forces will also test-launch 10 ballistic missiles next year, he added.


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