Promising rail combat missile systems, which development is scheduled for completion by 2020, will be equipped with solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple warhead. It was reported by the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev. According to him, the new missile will be created based on the RS-24 “Yars”.
Weight of a new train missile complex shall not exceed 47 tonnes. According to Karakaev, intercontinental missile will be masked in refrigerator car 24 meters in length. The length of the rocket will be 22.5 meters. Externally the “refrigerator-car” will not differ from the usual car; it will not need to increase the number of axles. New “nuclear train” can move on any route, not special with fortified ways.
Development of a new combat railway missile system is carried out in response to the United States instant global strike program, implying defeat enemy targets anywhere in the world for no more than two hours. Previously, the need to develop military-technical response to the U.S. strategy of “lightning strike” was announced by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
The fact that Russia will again create railway missile complexes was reported in late 2012. Draft design of the new train is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2014. The new missile is created as a replacement of 15P961 “Molodets”, armed in Russia until 2005. Total 12 such complexes cruised the railways, carrying 36 missiles RT -23 UTTH.
“Molodets ” included three locomotives DM62 command post of the seven wagons, tank-wagons with supplies of fuels and lubricants , and three launchers. Externally strategic train looked almost identical to the normal train with refrigerator, mail and passenger cars. Cars with rockets were longer than standard and had an increased number of wheelsets. RT -23 UTTH missiles of this complex were capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to ten thousand kilometers. Each missile was equipped with a warhead with ten heads of 400 kilotons each with individual guidance. Missile length was 22.6 meters, diameter – 2.4 meters.