On November 28, 2019, from the Kapustin Yar State Central Interspecific training ground in the Astrakhan Region, a combat crew of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN RF) launched the intercontinental ballistic missile of the Topol mobile ground missile system. Missile training warhead hit the mock target at the Sary-Shagan training ground (Republic of Kazakhstan) with a given accuracy. Objectives of the exercises were fulfilled.
The RT-2PM2 «Topol-M» (NATO reporting name: SS-27 “Sickle B”) is one of the most recent intercontinental ballistic missiles to be deployed by Russia (see RS-24), and the first to be developed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It was developed from the RT-2PM Topol mobile intercontinental ballistic missile. “Topol” (тополь) in Russian means “white poplar”. It is designed and produced exclusively by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, and built at the Votkinsk Machine Building Plant.
The Strategic Missile Forces or Strategic Rocket Forces of the Russian Federation are a military branch of the Russian Armed Forces that controls Russia’s land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The RVSN was first formed in the Soviet Armed Forces, and when the USSR collapsed, it effectively changed its name from the Soviet to the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces or Strategic Missile Troops. They operated all Soviet nuclear ground-based intercontinental, intermediate-range ballistic missile, and medium-range ballistic missile with ranges over 1,000 kilometers.