The Russian Strategic Missile Forces continue to re-equip them with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with the Avangard hypersonic unit. Another missile system entered service with the Dombarovskaya (Yasnenskaya) missile division of the Strategic Missile Forces, stationed in the Orenburg region.
The Ministry of Defense on its official YouTube channel showed the process of installing the Avangard missile system in a launch silo. The description for the video says that Avangard will effectively complement the weapons systems of the Strategic Missile Forces, expand the combat capabilities of the group, and also create conditions for the development of new types of combat equipment for modern and promising strategic missiles.
The video shows the process of loading the rocket into the mine, but does not explain when it happened. For our part, we note that most likely the new missile entered the division at the end of autumn this year, since in early October Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced two new Avangard missile systems on combat duty by the end of this year. According to him, the infrastructure was being prepared for the missiles.
It should be noted that the first two UR-100N UTTH intercontinental ballistic missiles equipped with the Avangard hypersonic gliding warhead are already on experimental combat duty in the Dombarovskaya (Yasnenskaya) missile division of the Strategic Missile Forces stationed in the Orenburg region.
At present, the carriers of the Avangard hypersonic units are the UR-100N UTTKh ICBMs; in the future, the new Sarmat intercontinental missiles will become their carriers. Earlier it was reported that at the first stage, the Strategic Missile Forces would deploy two regiments with Vanguards, each of which will have 6 silo-based ICBMs.