Russia to Keep Topol Missile for 21 More Years

18 October 2007 (Last Updated October 18th, 2007 06:54)

Russia has successfully tested its Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile. The Russian Strategic Missile Forces said in a statement the test was part of the country’s plan to upgrade its ballistic missiles and extend the life of the Topol. The successful test will all

Russia has successfully tested its Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile.

The Russian Strategic Missile Forces said in a statement the test was part of the country’s plan to upgrade its ballistic missiles and extend the life of the Topol.

The successful test will allow Russia to maintain the Topol for 21 years, more than the 10 years originally anticipated.

"Extending the service life of the Topol missile class will allow for the replacement of rockets being phased out with a new generation of rocket without putting a burden on the military budget," the statement says.

By staff writer