Preliminary design of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, the liquid being developed for the benefit of the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), has received approval of the Ministry of Defense.
However, the military sounded a few comments on the project. The developers have promised to take them into account in future work on the project, "Interfax" referring to a source in the defense industry. What kind of comments and suggestions expressed the Russian Defense Ministry, is not specified.
In early September 2012 the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev announced that the new missile will be created by 2018. The new carrier of nuclear weapons is created in connection with the deployment of the U.S. missile defense shield in Europe. According to the Russian military, the new ICBM will be able to break through any existing and prospective missile defenses.
According to the consultant commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, Colonel-General Viktor Esin, retired, who was quoted by RIA Novosti, the production of a new 100-ton rocket will begin before the end of 2012. Development work on the project has already begun.
The new missile will be able to carry up to five tons of payload. According to this indicator, said Esin, it is 4 times surpass the capabilities already facing armed with missiles of the "Topol" and "Yars".
The creation of a ballistic missile has been the State Rocket Centre Makeev with "NGOs engineering." Manufacturer appointed Krasnoyarsk Machine-Building Plant.