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Putin Orders to Fully Upgrade Russia's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Arsenal by 2021

Sputnik News

MOSCOW, December 19 (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered to fully equip the land-based component of Russia's nuclear triad with advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) by 2021.

'In mid-term perspective – by 2021 – we need to fully equip land-based strategic nuclear forces with modern weaponry,' Putin said at a meeting with senior military commanders in Moscow.

Putin added that the Russian strategic nuclear forces will receive more than 50 ICBM in 2015.

The president also reaffirmed plans to modernize the fleet of Russian strategic bombers and nuclear-powered submarines.

Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) are expected to be equipped with over 170 Topol-M ICBMs (mobile and silo-based), as well as 30 SS-19 and 108 RS-24 missile defense systems in nine divisions by 2020, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

On Tuesday, SMF Commander Col.Gen. Sergei Karakayev said that Russia would most likely develop its new Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile to replace the SS-18 Satan by 2020.

According to Karakaev, the new Sarmat missile is expected to feature advanced countermeasures, such as a complex command-and-control systems, and a high degree of maneuverability, enabling it to penetrate the most sophisticated missile defenses.


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