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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Russian Program to Build World's Biggest Intercontinental Missile Delayed

RS-24 Yars (SS-29)Development of Russia's massive new nuclear-armed intercontinental missile is running into snags that will delay completion of the first prototype by several months, an unidentified defense industry source told news agency TASS on Friday.

The Sarmat missile will become the largest intercontinental ballistic missile in the world when it goes into service. The head of Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces, General Sergei Karakayev, said in February its development was being fast tracked and deployments should begin in 2018, Reuters reported.

The accelerated schedule came as Russia pumps cash into a rearmament program amid a confrontation with the West over Ukraine that began last year.

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