Russia to Revamp Nuclear-Missile Force Within Decade

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Global Security Newswire Staff
July 7, 2014, 9:22 a.m.

Rus­sia on Fri­day said it plans to fin­ish mod­ern­iz­ing its nuc­le­ar-cap­able mis­sile forces with­in sev­er­al years, IT­AR-Tass re­ports.

“By 2016, the share of new mis­sile sys­tems will reach nearly 60 per­cent, and by 2021 their share will in­crease to 98 per­cent,” said Col. Ig­or Yegorov, a de­fense min­istry spokes­man for Rus­sia’s Stra­tegic Mis­sile Forces. The pro­ject would re­place Rus­sia’s act­ive-duty, nuc­le­ar-ready mis­siles left over from the Cold War.

Yegorov said the up­grades would in­clude sys­tems de­signed to cir­cum­vent mis­sile-de­fense tech­no­logy em­ployed by oth­er coun­tries, as well as im­prove­ments to their “troop- and weapon-com­mand sys­tems [and] com­bat equip­ment.”

The spokes­man ad­ded that Rus­sia is mov­ing this year to de­liv­er RS-24 Yars stra­tegic mis­siles to the coun­try’s Nov­os­ibirsk, Ta­gil and Kozel­sk mis­sile units.

“At this stage, op­er­a­tions for their ac­cept­ance and com­mis­sion­ing are un­der­way,” Yegorov told IT­AR-Tass in an in­ter­view.

“The work for the cre­ation of new in­fra­struc­ture of po­s­i­tion­ing areas of mis­sile re­gi­ments con­tin­ues, it will en­sure bet­ter con­di­tions for the use of arma­ments and train­ing of the alert forces,” he ad­ded.

Mean­while, a de­fense min­istry in­sider said that new Vor­onezh-M and Vor­onezh-DM radar sys­tems would fill in for Rus­si­an mis­sile-de­tec­tion cap­ab­il­it­ies once offered by a now-de­funct satel­lite net­work, Rus­sia Bey­ond the Head­lines re­por­ted on Fri­day.


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