New Russian strategic intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will be called the RS-26.
Its external name is disclosed in published materials on site procurement tender of the Ministry of Defence of the liability insurance for launch. These names are used for data exchange with the United States under the Treaty on Strategic Offensive Arms, signed in 2010
According to the website of public procurement, the insurance company "Ingosstrakh" September 23 has won the tender for the Ministry of Defense
The representative of "Ingosstrakh" said the company previously insured the responsibility for ICBM test launches of Defense, including two starts of MS-26.
Insurance cost of MS-26, a former official of the Ministry of Defence says, means that the damage from her fall is the same as with the fall of other solid-fueled ICBMs, and an order of magnitude lower than that of a toxic liquid fuel.
Disclosure of information means that the new ICBM is not just being developed, and the work has progressed so much that the rocket has given the name to be used when communicating with the U.S., says the man from the Ministry of Defense.
According to the man from the Ministry of Defence, it is about a new mobile missile complex with a solid development of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, the establishment of which in the past year, said the commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces, General Sergei Karakayev and which in the future will replace the first mobile missile complexes "Topol" (not to be confused with the more modern complex "Topol M") and will also be mobile. Missile "Topol" have already begun to be written off and will be retired by the end of this decade, reminds people of the Defense Ministry, and RS-26 — an economical replacement of "poplar".
In June this year, the Defense Ministry announced the successful testing of a prototype of some new intercontinental ballistic missile launch was carried out from Kapustin Yar — also discussed about the missile RS-26, said the source, "Vedomosti", with the previously reported in the media that this was the third test such a missile, and the first test in 2011 in Plesetsk went bad.
In the press and mentioned the names of alleged development activities related to the creation of a new missile system — "Vanguard" and "Boundary". This missile, according to the engineer in the missile industry, compared with the "Topol" certainly got a new military equipment (ie, the warhead) and a new set of overcoming missile defense. It is obvious that its production will be deployed at the Votkinsk factory where they make all Russian ICBM solid, he said.
Following the June test of American journalist Bill Herz, known for close ties with U.S. intelligence agencies, wrote in his blog that Russia, developing this new missile that can disrupt signed in 1997 an agreement on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) banning missile with a range of 500 to 5500 km.
According to a person working in the missile industry, missile RS-26 complies with the requirements of the INF Treaty and its range exceeds prohibited by this document.
Many Russian military and political leaders regret that now it is impossible to develop a new medium-range missile, which would be a much cheaper means of nuclear deterrence in the relations with the European countries of NATO and China than ICBMs, said a member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense Ruslan Pukhov. However, they are aware, he continued, that the deployment of such missiles will spoil relations between Moscow and the EU countries as well as with China, so there is no reason to doubt that the missiles would not be deployed. The desire to have a cheaper medium-range missile may be due to the fact that China has a large number of medium-range missiles, which have allowed Russia concludes Pukhov.