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Russia extends service life of Voevoda intercontinental ballistic missiles to 27 years

June 17, 2014, 13:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Strategic Missile Troops are armed with six types of missile systems
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MOSCOW, June 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Service life of heavy intercontinental ballistic missiles Voevoda (SS-18 Satan according to NATO classification) was extended from 20 to 27 years, the press service of Russian Strategic Missile Forces told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

“Service lives of missile systems on combat duty were extended. Service life of missiles RS-20V Voevoda was extended to 27 years, RS-12M Topol to 26 years, RS-12M2 Topol-M (SS-27) is being extended to more than 15 years, and RS-18 (Stiletto SS-19) — to 36 years,” the press service said.

The warranty service life of mobile ground-based missile systems Topol-M and Yars makes 15 years, the press service recalled. As long as service life of these missiles expires it will be decided to extend it or convert these missile systems to advanced models.

“Missile systems with missiles RS-18 Stiletto, RS-20V Voevoda, RS-12M Topol will be on combat duty of Strategic Missile Forces until the expiration of their service lives, alongside missile systems will be lifted from combat service and decommissioned gradually as long as new types of weapons are brought into service,” the press service said.

Russian missile making is in industrial co-operation to create new missile systems “with features permitting to respond adequately to emerging and forecasted threats to Russian security,” the press service said.

Strategic Missile Troops are armed with six types of missile systems: three silo-based missile systems Voevoda, Stiletto and Topol-M and three mobile ground-based missile systems Topol, Topol-M and Yars.

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