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

    April 21, 2016
    Translated for Fort Russ by Soviet Bear

    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").

    Officially, 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").

    Western 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).

    Western 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.

    However, 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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