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Russia failed tests of Yars and Bulava missiles, carriers of nuclear warheads: DIU revealed the details

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Russia has conducted an unsuccessful nuclear test. Illustrative photo

On November 1, 2023, Russia tested the RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile, which is the main component of the ground-based component of the Russian strategic nuclear forces. On October 25, a test launch of the RSM-56 Bulava ballistic missile from the Borei submarine missile cruiser was completed.

Both tests failed. Details are reported by the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine.

According to the DIU, the Russians launched the Yars missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome spaceport in the Arkhangelsk region at the Kura Missile Test Range in Kamchatka. The launch was carried out on November 1 by a combat crew of the 33rd Guards Rocket Army of the Russian Armed Forces.

"According to the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, the Yars missile went off course as it did during the previous command and staff exercises of the strategic nuclear forces of the aggressor state of Russia on October 25, 2023," the statement said.

The test launch of the RSM-56 Bulava ballistic missile from the Borei submarine missile cruiser on October 25 was also unsuccessful for Russia. It only once again confirmed the unreliability of this missile, according to the DIU.

"Moscow also has serious problems with the RS-28 Sarmat super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which is one of the key projects in the process of modernization of the Russian strategic nuclear forces announced by the aggressor. The Sarmat missile has been under development in Russia since 2009. According to Moscow's initial plans, it was supposed to be adopted 5 years ago, in 2018, but the date was constantly postponed," the Ukrainian military intelligence noted.

They recalled hat Sarmat was finally adopted in September 2023. This happened after the only full-fledged test, which was conducted in Russia in April this year.

"Compared to the RS-20 Voevoda ICBM manufactured in Ukraine, the Sarmat missile created to replace it lacks any advantages in design, warhead, or methods of overcoming missile defense. In fact, the Sarmat is an unfinished, imperfect, crude missile," the DIU noted.

The Ukrainian intelligence also stated that Russia has not been able to overcome obstacles to improving the air component of its strategic nuclear forces. The Russian leadership has repeatedly voiced such intentions.

Thus, the process of partial modernization of Soviet Tu-160 and Tu-95S bombers is stalled: Russia is able to process no more than one or two aircraft per year.

Moreover, the delivery of new Tu-160M2 strategic bombers to the invaders, scheduled for 2023, had to be postponed because Russia was unable to resume production of a new version of the NK-32 engine.

"All these problems of the strategic nuclear forces of the aggressor state of the Russian Federation are a direct consequence of the sanctions policy of the civilized world against Moscow for the war it has unleashed against Ukraine, as well as the inability of the scientific, technical and industrial bases of terrorist Russia to produce the necessary components to replace imported ones," the DIU summarized.

On October 25, it was reported that Russia conducted a training of its strategic nuclear forces. The Russian Armed Forces launched ballistic and cruise missiles during a training exercise to practice a retaliatory strike in response to an enemy nuclear attack.

The training was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, as Russian propagandists claimed, personally supervised the process.

On November 2, it became known that Russia had withdrawn from the nuclear test ban treaty. On that day, Putin signed a law to withdraw the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)

The Kremlin said that the withdrawal of the treaty's ratification "levels the playing field in nuclear testing for Russia and the United States."

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