Concerned about potential terrorist attacks, Russia boosts security at missile launch sites


From RIA Novosti:  The Russian Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) are finalizing the modernization of automated security systems at nine of its major missile bases to counter the growing threat of potential terrorist attacks, an SMF spokesman said on Wednesday. . . .

In addition to the modernization of the existing automated systems, the SMF is tightening rules of engagement and training requirements for security personnel at the bases and around mobile missile launch sites.

According to open sources, the SMF currently operates at least 58 silo-based SS-18 Satan ballistic missiles, 160 road-mobile Topol (SS-25 Sickle) missile systems, 50 silo-based and 18 road-mobile Topol-M (SS-27 Sickle B) systems, and 18 RS-24 Yars systems.   (photo: Mikhail Fomichev.RIA Novosti)

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