Russian Yu-71 Hypersonic Manoeuvring Warhead for the New Sarmat ICBM Successfully Tested

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April 21, 2016

Translated for Fort Russ by Soviet Bear

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In the
beginning of this week, Russia conducted successful tests of a new hypersonic
aeroballistics military equipment for a promising “Sarmat” Intercontinental
ballistic missile (ICBM), which will soon replace the most powerful Russian
ICBM RS-20 “Voevoda” (NATO classification — SS-18 “Satan”).

these tests have not been reported. But, according to “MK” (Moskovsky
Komsomolets) sources, reports about this fantastic success, as it is by the
developers, they are to be held in the near future. The test launch, according to our
interlocutors, was carried out from the Dombarovsky positional area in Orenburg
Oblast. The tested hypersonic aircraft is called the “Yu-71”. It was launched
into orbit using the UR-100 ICBM (SS-19 “Stiletto”).

analysts wrote that the first test launch of Yu-71 took place in December 2011,
the second in September 2013, the third — in 2014. This is the information they
provide on the basis of satellite intelligence.

The authors
of the publication in the “Jane’s Intelligence Review” claimed that
works on this experimental aircraft have been conducted since 2009 in the
framework of “top-secret program with the code “4202”. The Yu-71
can carry a nuclear warhead as well as a conventional one (i.e. non-nuclear
warhead, allowed by the various international conventions — Auth).

analysts might be right, but I would like to remind you that in 2004 the former
chief of the Russian General Staff Yuri Baluyevsky, in one of his speeches, talked about the test of the manoeuvring warhead for ICBMs, which should
radically increase the capabilities of the Russian Strategic Missile forces and
become a proper response to the deployment of any missile defense system.

the technical project of the “Sarmat” was approved in late 2011. In mid-2015 it
was reported that flight tests of the missile will begin in early 2017.

Now, after
a successful test of its warheads, flight tests of the missiles itself will
probably not take too long. It is planned that the first “Sarmat” ICBM
will enter service in the military units stationed in the Krasnoyarsk Region
and the Orenburg Oblast.

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