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Russia has completed the upgrade of the security systems at its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) bases, especially against the threat from Islamic terrorists.This program has been reported first in Strategy Page.
Russia currently has 120 ICBMs in silos and 190 moved about on 16 wheel 17.4 meter (54 foot) long TELs (Transporter Erector Launchers). Naturally the Russians are not giving out details of the upgrades.
But it was revealed that all components of multilayer systems of sensors, as well as power control and fire suppression systems are being refurbished or improved. Security personnel, all of them carefully selected, are to be given additional training and new (apparently more deadly) rules of engagement.
The Russians said little about improvements in the security of their mobile ICBMs. These travel around roads inside large rural military bases. That makes these mobile systems the most vulnerable to terrorist attack. There have probably been major improvements in how these mobile ICBMs are monitored and protected.
In the meantime Russia is developing new ICBM’s . Two kinds of new strategic missiles, which Russian experts develop, should become a response to the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system in Europe. It goes about a heavy liquid-fuel ICBM weighing 100 tons. The new missile will surpass the most powerful missile in the world RS-20B Voyevoda (Satan). The second type is a solid-fuel ICBM, which is said to replace fifth-generation Yars and Topol-M complexes. The news was revealed Friday by the Commander of Strategic Missile Forces of Russia, Colonel General Sergei Karakayev.