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Sketches of Russia’s railway-based missile system ready — missile force chief – RT-23 Molodets (SS-24 Scalpel)

December 16, 15:50

Earlier reports said the new complex might go operational in 2019

Image: © Denis Vyshinskiy/TASS

MOSCOW, December 16. /TASS/. The sketches of Russia’s future railway-based missile complex Barguzin have been finalized and at the moment design documents for its individual parts and components are being developed, the commander of the Strategic Missile Force, Colonel-General Sergey Karakayev, said on Wednesday.

“Sketches have been completed. Work is in progress on design documents for individual parts and systems,” he added.

“Under the defense minister’s decision of May 6, 2015 the sequence of works to create the complex has been specified. In 2017, a special report is to be submitted to the president regarding the prospects for its deployment,” Karakayev said.

He did not mention when the work on the technical documents might be finalized, the new complex tested and put on duty.

Earlier, a source in the defense-industrial complex told TASS Barguzin specifications were to be finalized by the middle of 2016. There were reports the new complex might go operational in 2019. Earlier, the strategic missile force commander said Barguzin would remain in service at least till 2040.

Original article: tass.ru


RT-23 Molodets (SS-24 Scalpel) – a rail-based intercontinental ballistic missile system

Diesel Locomotive DM62-1731 technical details:
Weight in working order: 116 t
Design speed: 100 kph
Engine power: 2000 hp
Transmission: electric
The locomotive design is based on class M62, built for Soviet Railways by the Voroshilovgrad (former Lugansk) works in 1983. Class DM62 locomotives were built specially for working with railway missile complexes. The most important distinctions from the M62 are: bogies without axleboxes’ horn guides, heat sensors for traction motor suspension bearings and axlebox bearings, automatic engine start, blackout lamps, filter and ventilating plant with a gas-mask jet, fuel top-up from the tank car, multiple-unit operation irrespective of position in the train set.This locomotive came to the St Petersburg ‘Museum of Railway Technology’ museum from the Khvoinaia depot of the October Railway in 2006.

RT-23 ‘Molodets’ Intercontinental Ballistic Missile5109_russia_st._petersburg_railway_museum_on_the_warsaw_station-_rt-23_molodets_(ss-24_scalpel).jpgPower Supply car4c9e5-bzhrks.jpgMissile-launching train

The launching unit consists of 3 cars:

1. Control car
2. Launching car
3. Power supply car
In these photos we see one complete ICBM launching unit.

d2431_zCloseup of equipment to short-circuit and push aside the overhead contact wire

Source gnomeplanet.com

SS-24 Scalpel


SS-24 Scalpel (NATO reporting name) or RT-23 Molodets is a Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The missile was the culmination of a major Soviet effort to develop a medium solid-fueled missile with multiple basing modes: silo-based and rail-based versions were deployed, and a road-mobile version was considered but rejected. This made for a much more survivable ICBM, as the rail-based missiles could move around the rail network and thus be difficult to detect and track. The new missile was to replace the older liquid-fueled SS-19 missiles which were entirely silo-based. Its US counterpart was the MX (Peacekeeper) missile.The missile began to be deployed in 1987. Its production facilities were located in Ukraine. After the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, production of the missile came to an end. A typical set of missile launch trains were comprised of three locomotives, followed by generating power car, command car, support car, and three missile launch vehicles. The frontmost locomotive is driven by three officers, and the two other engines right behind the front locomotive are driven by two enlisted personnel each. The type of the engine is M62, which is a standard diesel locomotive of the East Europe at the time of its formation. The missile lanucher has a shape of a refrigerator car, and the service cars were converted from passenger carriages.Just before the breakup of the USSR, 92 missiles were operational, 56 based in stationary silos and 36 rail-based. The 36 silo-based missiles located in Ukraine were deactivated by mid 1996, disassembled and put into storage awaiting decision on a feasible disposition method, but the 56 missiles in Russia remained in service. The missile was to be banned under the provisions of START II, but that treaty was never ratified. The 10 silo-based missiles in Russia were deactivated around 2000. After 2000 the rail-based missiles were also gradually withdrawn from service, with the remaining 15 decommissioned in August, 2005. Elimination of the last SS-24 ICBM in Russia is scheduled for April, 2008.   

General Information
Developed by Russia
Deployed by Russia
Development Year 1979 (Mod 0), 1983 (Mod 1)
Deployment Year 1987 (Mod 0), 1989 (Mod 1/2)
Platform rail-mobile (Mod 1), silo (Mod 2)
Launcher launch silo complex (15P961) (silo-based), Launch canister: 22.6m long, 2.7m diameter (silo-based), 23.6m long, 5m height, 3.2m width (rail-launch-vehicle)
Number deployed 46 (10 in silos, 36 on rail: as of end of 1998)
Design Yangel/Utkin Design Bureau (OKB-586)
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye NPO, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, Pavlograd, Ukraine
Dimensions and Performance
Length 22.6m (Mod 1), 22.4m (Mod 2) with container
Body Diameter 2.4m (each stage)
Launch Weight 104,500kg
Range 10,100km (Mod 1), 10,450km(Mod 2)
Accuracy 500m CEP
Propulsion 3-stage solid-fuel rocket motor with BUS
Engine 15D305 (1st stage), 15D339(2nd stage), RD-866 (3rd stage)
Payload 10 x RVs(MIRV) 4,050kg
Warhead 10 x 550kT nuclear warheads
Guidance inertial

Technical data onwar.com

The missile has been replaced with the newer Yars missile systems RS-24 multiple re-entry vehicles (MIRV)  known in the West as SS-29