A still image taken from Russian Defense Ministry footage shows the launch of a Yars missile on Sept. 20, 2017.
MOSCOW, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Russia test-fired a Yars intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday toward a range on the country's Kamchatka Peninsula, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The solid-fuel mobile missile, equipped with a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle, was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia's Arkhangelsk region.
The experimental warheads hit the target and the purpose of the launch was to test the reliability of the Yars missile system, according to the statement.
Deployed since 2010, the Yars missile has a potential range of 11,000 km, and can carry as many as 10 independently targetable warheads.
In May, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the Russian Strategic Missile Forces have been receiving modern Yars missiles, which have increased Russia's capability to penetrate missile shields.
A total of 17 regiments will be re-armed with the Yars missiles by 2021, he said.