Moscow Finishes Arming Sector of Missile Force

A Russian RS-24 ICBM lifts off in a 2007 test launch. A missile formation in central Russia is now fully armed with Topol-M missiles and RS-24 launch systems, Moscow said on Thursday (AP Photo).
A Russian RS-24 ICBM lifts off in a 2007 test launch. A missile formation in central Russia is now fully armed with Topol-M missiles and RS-24 launch systems, Moscow said on Thursday (AP Photo).

Russia on Thursday said it had finished equipping its Teikovo missile formation, based in the nation's central region, with Topol-M and Yars strategic missile units, RIA Novosti reported.

“The Teikovo division has become the first [strategic missile forces] division fully rearmed with fifth-generation mobile missile systems,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Vadim Koval stated.

Moscow furnished Topol-M equipment to a pair of Teikovo formation regiments and Yars gear to the remaining two regiments. The Yars system is built to fire RS-24 ICBMs.

Meanwhile, Moscow on Friday indicated it cannot finalize the timing of a planned Bulava ballistic missile test launch due to difficulties involving computer code for managing the weapon's flight, ITAR-Tass reported.

Efforts are under way to address the faults, and officials hope to conduct the exercise before 2013 from the Borei-class submarine Alexander Nevsky, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said.

A Russian defense industry insider previously said a new Bulava missile trial firing was slated to occur from the vessel in November.

September 21, 2012
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Russia on Thursday said it had finished equipping its Teikovo missile formation, based in the nation's central region, with Topol-M and Yars strategic missile units, RIA Novosti reported.

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