Reopening shuttered silos is part of a Russian program to update its antimissile protections for Moscow, RIA Novosti quoted retired strategic missile forces chief Viktor Yesin as saying on Monday.
The A-135 system is intended to defend the Russian capital and nearby environs from incoming ballistic missiles. The 17-year-old defense encompasses a radar unit and two distinct kinds of ballistic missile interceptor.
“The A-135 system is being thoroughly modernized,” Yesin said to the news agency. “The missiles and other elements, including detection and tracking components, are being upgraded.”
New interceptors would be placed in two firing installations that were retired five years ago.
“There are no plans to build new launch sites as the mothballed ones will be reactivated,” according to Yesin.