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Russia Beefing Up Missile Forces

Friday, 10 December 2004 12:00 AM

Today's RIA Novosti quoted Solovtsov as telling a Moscow news conference: "Currently we are planning re-arming another regiment with the Topol-M missiles. In the last years, we have commissioned four missile regiments, a 40-launcher force," he added.

The Topol-M was described last year by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov as "the most advanced state-of-the-art missile in the world. Only such weapons can ensure and guarantee our sovereignty and security and make any attempts to put military pressure on Russia absolutely senseless."

Solovtsov revealed that the first regiments armed with mobile Topols would come into action within two to three years, the ultimate goal of the Topol program being to have several divisions deployed. He told reporters that in 2006 three to nine mobile Topol-M launchers will be commissioned.

"In 2005 the mobile launchers will not yet begin combat duty, but after 2006 we will deploy three to nine missiles per year," he said.

The Russian SS-27, or Topol-M, is an intercontinental-range, ground-based, solid-propellant ballistic missile, according to the Claremont Institute's MISSILETHREAT.com. "It represents the pinnacle of ballistic missile technology, incorporating modern fuel and warhead designs, as well as being capable of being launched from both missile silos and Transporter-Erector-Launcher (TEL) vehicles."

Russian Defense officials claim that the SS-27 is invulnerable to any modern anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defenses and will be the foundation of the Russian strategic nuclear arsenal by 2015.

They insist that the SS-27 is immune to any ABM defense the United States can put into being. Claremont says it is capable of making evasive maneuvers as it approaches its target, enabling it to evade any terminal phase interceptors. Moreover, the SS-27 is designed to survive a strike from any laser technology available, rendering any current space-based laser useless.

Adds Claremont:

"The SS-27 can currently strike any target within the continental United States. The deployment from hardened silos and hidden TEL vehicles makes it nearly impossible to successfully prevent launch and current ABM technology is insufficient to prevent its successful impact. As a solid propellant design, it can be maintained on alert for prolonged periods of time and can launch within minutes of being given the order. Its confirmed single 550 kT warhead is sufficient for the depopulation of cities, which combined with its survivability, makes it an ideal retaliatory weapon. The SS-27 enables Russia to guarantee a successful nuclear response."

The SS-27 has a range of 10,500 km (6,524 miles) and is reported to be equipped, typically, with a 550-kT-yield nuclear warhead. The first two SS-27 missiles entered service in 1997 in modified SS-19 silos. The first silo-based missile regiment was declared operational in 1998, with a second in 1999, a third in 2000 and a fourth in 2003. The first TEL versions entered service in 2001.

The original plan was to build 350 missiles, but this number has been amended to 50 missiles by 2005. A sea-based version is under development under the name Bulava.

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Today's RIA Novosti quoted Solovtsov as telling a Moscow news conference: "Currently we are planning re-arming another regiment with the Topol-M missiles. In the last years, we have commissioned four missile regiments, a 40-launcher force," he added. The Topol-M was...
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