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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2nd Missile Deployment Planned for December

The military will carry out a second deployment of new intercontinental ballistic missiles in December as part of President Vladimir Putin's program to modernize nuclear defenses, the Rocket Forces said Saturday.

The Topol-M mobile missile, part of a new generation of weapons the Kremlin says will assure the country's security for the next 20 to 30 years, will be deployed in the city of Teikovo, about 240 kilometers northeast of Moscow.

The first echelon was deployed in December, with state television showing Putin climbing aboard a missile launcher to show off the country's new program. No details have been given for the number of missiles.

"We are absolutely confident this division will be put on combat duty in December," Rocket Forces commander Nikolai Solovtsov said Saturday, Interfax reported.

The 22-meter Topol-M is an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying a single warhead. It was first developed during the 1990s after the Soviet collapse and was later upgraded. It can be launched either from silos or from mobile launchers, which can be camouflaged and hidden in forests.

Along with the multiple-warhead RS-24, to be deployed in the next few years, it will form the backbone of the country's nuclear armory and help bolster the armed forces, eroded over years of post-Soviet decline.