Modern Russian military-industrial complex does not have time for 8 years to change the 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles, whose age is headed for 25 years
As told from the headquarters of the Strategic Rocket Forces mission (SRF), Longer service life of missiles is about 25 years. After this period all missiles must be disassembled at the factory.
Most of the Strategic Rocket Forces of the Russian Federation represented missile complexes RS-12M "Topol", their number is seeking about 170 units. "The youngest" of these complexes — 1994 model year. To 2019-the year in the Strategic Missile Forces nor the 1st "Poplars" should not be stay. Without their missile units will remain in Teikeu, Nizhny Tagil, Yoshkar-Ola, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Barnaul Vypolzovo.
Together with those weapons manufacturer — Votkinsk plant — is not able to do for 7 years 170 new missiles. That's why, not counting the "Topol", until 2020 some 50 SS-20 "Governor" ("Satan") and UR-100N 70 "Stiletto" are planning to retire and dismantle.
Rockets regardless of their year of release utilize whole batches. Upon reaching the age of 25 they are taken out of service and send SRF for recycling. Some of the missiles neutralized (especially the "Satan"). At their launch into space satellites that set instead of nuclear warheads (programm "Dnepr"). "Poplar" is use for testing new distributing blocks for similar missiles with them "Mace" and "Yars".
The headquarters SRF do not worry, because to 2020 , the nuclear shield RF reduced.
For us there is no question of a purely arithmetical substitution of old times a certain number of missiles for the same number of new ones. After all, our task — to cause unacceptable harm to a competitor in the event of an attack. And if you will cope with this task at least one rocket, count — the goal is achieved, — explained the representative of the Strategic Missile Forces.
A member of the Council on the outer and defense policy GRU officer retired Vitali Shlikov believes that the reduction of strategic nuclear carriers will not lead to fatal consequences for RF.
There is no need to panic. The amount of missiles, which is more than enough to guarantee defeat rival sure Shlikov.
But the deputy director of the Institute of Political and Military Analysis, Alexander Hramchihin calculated that at current rates of production in Russia up to 2020 will be made about 50-60 "Yarsov", any of which can carry up to 3 warheads. Still remains in service almost 50 modernized "Topol-M" with a single warhead each.
As a result, in 2020 in Russia remains the least 100 strategic missiles with 200 warheads, which, according to the views of a professional, may not be enough to protect the descent of several nuclear powers. The way out of this situation can be a rapid increase in the production of intercontinental missiles.