Two More Russian Division Equipped With RS-24 Yars ICBM

The Russian Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) will rearm two more division with RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The rearmament phase is already undergoing, according to SMF Commander Col. Gen. Sergey Karakayev.

“We are continuing on a regular basis the production and deployment on combat duty [of Yars missile systems]…and started the rearmament of two more divisions — the Yoshkar-Ola and the Irkutsk divisions,” Karakayev said in an interview with Rossiya-24 television.

A RS-24 Yars during Victory Day parade on May 9th, 2015.
A RS-24 Yars during Victory Day parade on May 9th, 2015.

The RS-24 Yars is capable of reaching targets up to 11,000 kilometers. According to, “the RS-24 missile can be armed with up to 10 warheads.” It is also MIRV-capable (Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicles). For example, according to, the distance between Moscow and Washington is 7829.63 km. Russia can literally reach everything is the RS-24 Yars operational range.

With its Mach 20 (24,500 km/h) speed, the RS-24 Yars ICBM could reach its maximum distance in less than 30 minutes. Its guidance system is inertial with the Glonass system and has an accuracy of 150-250 meters.

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Jonathan Wade, CD

Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.