Russian Ballistic Missile Threat

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During April-2014 the Russian military successfully launched and tested a new (mobile launched) multi-warhead ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) to validate it’s reliability.

An unmentioned number of simulated nuclear warheads landed at an impact range in the Russian Far East of the SS-27 Mod 2 missile (NATO reporting name SS-29) (Russian name RS-24) – Russia’s newest ICBM which has been touted by Russian officials as designed specifically to defeat U.S. missile defenses.

The mobility makes the missiles very difficult to detect and target and is unmatched by the United States.


We are living in an increasingly dangerous world.

The RS-24 ICBM can carry multiple independently-targetable nuclear warheads designed to evade missile defense systems to a range of 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles).

The Russian Defense Ministry has said the RS-24 ballistic missile would be the mainstays of their ground-based component of their nuclear triad and would account for no less than 80 percent of their arsenal by 2016.

Note: Russia is apparently and aggressively updating and upgrading.

Rare footage of an Russian RS-24 launch

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Iskander (SS-26)

Short-Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM)
Single warhead, 480-700 kg
400 km

OTR-21A/-21B (SS-21)

Short-Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM)
Single warhead, 482 kg
70 km

R-11/-17 (SS-1 Scud A/B/C/D)

Short-Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM)
Single warhead, 600 kg
190 km

R-29R Mod 1/-2/-3 Volna (SS-N-18)

Sea Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM)
Three MIRV, 1,650 kg
6,500 km

R-29RM (SS-N-23)

Sea Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM)
Four MIRV warheads, 2,800 kg
8,300 km

R-39 (SS-N-20)

Sea Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM)
10 MIRV, 2,550 kg
8,300 km

R-65 (FROG-7)

Battlefield Short Range Ballistic Missile (BSRBM)
Single warhead, 200-457 kg
68 km

RS-12M Topol (SS-25)

InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)
Single warhead, 1,000 kg
10,500 km

RS-12M1 Topol-M (SS-27)

InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)
Single warhead, 1,200 kg
10,500 km

RS-18 Mod 1/-Mod 2 (SS-19)

InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)
Six MIRV, 3,355 kg
9,000 km

RS-24 (SS-29)

InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)
Three MIRV warheads, 1,200 kg
10,500 km


Bulava (RSM-56)
Sea Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM)
One to six MIRV, 1,150 kg
8,300 km


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