Russian Strategic Missile Forces Conduct Field Training in Irkutsk

Russian Strategic Missile Forces Conduct Field Training in Irkutsk


In the Irkutsk region, a exercise of the strategic missile forces (SMF) was completed. This event was the first after the complete re-equipment of the Irkutsk missile formation to the “Yars” mobile complex. According to the plan of the exercise, the military personnel of the Irkutsk missile formation detected and destroyed the mock saboteurs. The SRG conducted mining of certain sections of roads on the routes of combat patrol of mobile ground-based “Yars” missile systems.

Russian Strategic Missile Forces Conduct Field Training in Irkutsk

Russia’s Irkutsk missile formation in Siberia will make operational by the end of the year a regiment of the Yars missile system the delivery of which to the formation has begun. The division has started the rearmament with the new missile system Yars and by the end of the year the formation is to put on combat duty a missile regiment. The Irkutsk missile formation to monitor a command and staff exercise, during which robotic systems and drones were used to counteract imaginary saboteurs.

Russian Strategic Missile Forces Conduct Field Training in Irkutsk

As part of the exercise, missile regiments went on combat patrol routes both during the day and at night. At the same time, an extensive list of tasks and introductory ones was worked out, including on bringing to the highest level of combat readiness, performing maneuver actions on combat patrol routes, countering sabotage formations, and performing tasks in conditions of intensive operations by sabotage and reconnaissance groups (SRG) in the areas where troops are deployed.

Russian Strategic Missile Forces Conduct Field Training in Irkutsk

The RS-24 Yars is Russia’s new intercontinental ballistic missile. It is an improved version of the previous Topol-M. It is known in the West as SS-29. It uses the same 16×16 wheeled chassis as the Topol-M. Externally it looks similar. However it carries an improved, heavier missile. The Yars was developed both as a road-mobile and silo-based system, that would use the same missile. It was first tested in 2007 and was adopted by the Russian Strategic Missile Forces in 2010.

Russian Strategic Missile Forces Conduct Field Training in Irkutsk