Russia to Spend $3.2 Billion on Nuclear Arms Before 2016

A preliminary state spending plan calls for Russia to spend nearly $3.2 billion on its atomic arsenal before 2015 concludes, Russian Duma defense panel head Vladimir Komoedov said in a statement reported by Vedomosti on Thursday.

Assembling a new class of ballistic missile submarines would account in part for heightened navy expenditures, while the acquisition of Yars systems and the preparation of two additional ICBM models would contribute to expenses for the Russian strategic missile forces, according to the publication.

Meanwhile, Moscow is set before January to finish providing Topol-M ICBM units to the Tatishchev division of its strategic missile forces, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported on Thursday. The division's Topol-M holdings are based in fixed launch facilities, according to the newspaper.

The formation in 1998 began receiving the armaments, which are expected to supplant some of its RS-18 Stiletto missiles. The division is slated by the beginning of 2013 to oversee six Topol regiments and four RS-18 units in Russia's Saratov region.

Up-to-date, multiple-warhead ICBMs are slated in coming years to stand in for Topol missiles and other older weapons in five of Russia's strategic missile forces divisions, the publication said.

October 29, 2012
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A preliminary state spending plan calls for Russia to spend nearly $3.2 billion on its atomic arsenal before 2015 concludes, Russian Duma defense panel head Vladimir Komoedov said in a statement reported by Vedomosti on Thursday.

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