What is Yars Missile?

March 4, 2024

Russia recently announced a successful test fire of Yars intercontinental ballistic nuclear missile.

About Yars Missile:

  • The Yars (also known as RS-24 or SS-29) is a Russian-made intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with multiple independently targetable warheads, each capable of targeting different objectives.
  • Features:
    • It is a three-stage, solid propellant, MIRV-capable (Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicles) ICBM.
    • The Yars is a modified version of the Topol-M missile system.
    • The missile can be launched from a silo or mobile launcher. 
    • It has a range of 10,500 km.
    • The missile can be armed with up to 10 MIRVs, each containing a thermonuclear warhead weighing 300 kilotons.
    • It has the capability to manoeuvre during flight and deploy both active and passive decoys.

What is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)?

  • An ICBM is a guided missile that is designed to deliver nuclear warheads, although it could also deliver other payloads.
  • According to the Federation of American Scientists, ICBMs have a minimum range of 5,500 kilometres (3,400 miles), with maximum ranges varying from 7,000 to 16,000 kilometres.
  • ICBMs are much faster and have a greater range than other types of ballistic missiles.
  • Agni-V is an Indian ICBM with a range of over 5,000 km.