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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Russia to Revamp Ballistic Missile Arsenal by 2020

Topol-M SiloThe share of new weaponry in the arsenal of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) will reach 97% by 2020, SMF Commander Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said.

The current share is about 30%, which includes Topol-M and RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

“We hope that this share will increase to 60 percent by 2016 and reach 97 percent by 2020,” Karakayev said on Tuesday during a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

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