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TATISHCHEVO (Saratov region), February 21 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived to the quarters of the 27th Missile Army. The president is expected to attend a ceremony to put on combat duty a missile regiment of the Tamanskaya Missile Division and will watch the training of a combat launching crew of the missile regiment.
The supreme commander-in-chief will confer state medals on the servicemen of the division and will meet with the commanders of the missile regiments.
The Tamanskaya Missile Division is incorporated in the 27th Missile Army of the Strategic Missile Troops and includes ten missile regiments. The division is armed with silo-based missile systems with intercontinental ballistic missiles RS-18 and Topol-M.
According to open sources, Topol-M is a Russian strategic missile system, which was developed in the late eighties and early nineties on the basis of the Topol missile system. The missile of this system is the first intercontinental ballistic missile, which Russia designed after the breakup of the Soviet Union. The silo-based missile system Topol-M was brought into service in 2000.
RS-18 (Stiletto according to the NATO classification) is a Soviet silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile, the creation of which was launched back in 1967. The serial production of these missiles continued until 1985. The service life of these missiles was extended to 31 years and is planned to extend to 33-35 years (until 2017). Launch vehicles Rokot were developed on the basis of the RS-18 missile.