Development of the new solid-propellant ICBM, which was last tested in October 2012, appears to be on schedule. A number of reports in the Russian press quote General Yesin as saying that the new missile will enter the so-called combined flight tests in 2014 (these tests combine development and acceptance by a state commission). Earlier, the Rocket Forces suggested that the missile will be accepted for service in 2015.

The missile was earlier described as a "medium-class" ICBM "with a new type of combat payload." It is sometimes called Avangard, but that designation has not been officially confirmed. This missile appears to be a deep modification of the Topol-M-RS-24 Yars line.