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Russia: See RS-24 Yars thermonuclear ICBMs on the move in Moscow00:46

Russia: See RS-24 Yars thermonuclear ICBMs on the move in Moscow

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 26, 2015 at 23:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Three units of Russia's RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name: SS-27 Mod 2) MIRV-equipped ballistic missile complex travelled around Moscow's Circle Road in the early hours of Thursday morning.

At one point the cortege stopped so an Orthodox priest could bless the thermonuclear intercontinental missiles. The units were making their way from their permanent base in the Vladimir Region to outside Moscow so as to take part in events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

The 22-metre missile complex is set to be a centrepiece of the Strategic Missile Forces on the Victory Day parade. It will be the first time that the RS-24 Yars launchers will take part in such significant event for the country. The missiles were first deployed in August 2011. They are reported to be able to penetrate high security targets and impervious to Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) systems.

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Three units of Russia's RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name: SS-27 Mod 2) MIRV-equipped ballistic missile complex travelled around Moscow's Circle Road in the early hours of Thursday morning.

At one point the cortege stopped so an Orthodox priest could bless the thermonuclear intercontinental missiles. The units were making their way from their permanent base in the Vladimir Region to outside Moscow so as to take part in events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

The 22-metre missile complex is set to be a centrepiece of the Strategic Missile Forces on the Victory Day parade. It will be the first time that the RS-24 Yars launchers will take part in such significant event for the country. The missiles were first deployed in August 2011. They are reported to be able to penetrate high security targets and impervious to Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) systems.