|Type||Intercontinental ballistic missile|
|Place of origin||Russia|
|Used by||Russian Strategic Missile Troops|
|Designer||Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology|
|Weight||(49) 20 to 50 Ton, up to 80 Ton max|
|Length||(23) 12-19 to 26-30 m|
|Diameter||(2,1) < 2,6 m|
|Warhead||3x < 500 kt to 6x 150 kt , 4x 5x each 300 Kt MIRVs , single Mt to up to 12/16x 100/150 kt MaRV, Avangard HGV 100 kt to < 900 kt (up to 8 each < 1-3 Mt or single > 5 Mt )|
|Engine||Solid-fueled (last stage or warhead block can have liquid)|
|Propellant||solid, third or fourth stage (warhead block) can be liquid|
|5800 km demonstrated |
|Flight altitude||Several tens of km|
|Speed||over Mach 20 (24,500 km/h; 15,220 mph; 6.806 km/s)|
|Inertial with GLONASS|
|Accuracy||90-250 m CEP|
The RS-26 Rubezh (in Russian: РС-26 Рубеж) (limit or boundary, also known under the name of its R&D program Avangard Авангард) SS-X-31 or SS-X-29B (another version of SS-27), is a Russian solid-fueled, maneuverable reentry vehicles (MARV)-equipped with MIRVs or Avangard hypersonic glide vehicles to bypass anti-ballistic missiles, thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile reportedly based on RS-24 Yars.
After an initial failure in 2011, it was first test-launched successfully from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on May 26, 2012, hitting its target at the Kura Range 5,800 km away minutes later. Further successful tests were performed from Kapustin Yar to Sary Shagan on October 24, 2012, and June 6, 2013.
The missile have been criticized by western defense observers for indirectly breaching the INF Treaty. The missile demonstrated, with a light or no payload, the ability to reach above the agreed 5500 km limit of the treaty. However all further testing have been flights with significantly shorter ranges. The RS-26 was twice tested at a distance of about 2000 km. The deployment of the missile is speculated to have the same strategic impact as the SS-20 Saber. While the RS-26 is technically an ICBM, its range falls just barely inside the ICBM category. In reality, the RS-26 is exactly the same concept and a direct replacement for the RDS-10 Pioneer—known to NATO as the SS-20 Saber—which was banned under the INF treaty.
The RS-26 is designed to pose a strategic threat to European capitals and has the ability to target NATO forces in Western Europe. According to an article by Jeffrey Lewis entitled "The Problem With Russia's Missiles", the purpose of these weapons is to deter Western forces from coming to the aid of the NATO's newer eastern members that are located closer to Russia's borders.
In 2018, it was reported that the RS-26 was frozen until at least 2027 in favor of the Avangard hypersonic missile system.
- Strategic Missile Troops
- RS-24 Yars
- RS-28 Sarmat
- R-36 (missile)
- RT-2PM Topol
- RT-2PM2 Topol-M
- LGM-30 Minuteman
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