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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Missile Scrapping Plant Announced

Russia will start construction in June of a plant for dismantling and scrapping strategic solid fuel missiles, Interfax reported Friday.

The plant, to be built in the town of Votkinsk in central Russia's Urals region, will create some 1,000 new jobs and be guaranteed a government contract of 2 billion rubles ($330 million) annually until 2013.

After construction is completed at the end of 1999, the plant will begin dismantling 400 SS-24 and SS-25 missiles that were produced in a local facto ry.

In December, Russia destroyed several dozen submarine-launched ballistic missiles in line with the START I arms reduction treaty that went into effect in December 1994.

Under the treaty, Russia has so far disposed of over 800 launchers for intercontinental ballistic missiles, approximately 2,000 rockets, 20 nuclear submarines and over 50 heavy bombers.

Parliament has not yet ratified START II, which envisages no more than 3,500 warheads each for Russia and the United States by 2000.