Russia boosts its Satan and Stalin missile arsenal

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- Russia's leaders appear interested in a new strategic arms-reduction agreement with the United States. But until one is finally negotiated, they are pushing ahead with an ambitious and expanded program of nuclear-missile development.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Russia to keep long-time ballistic missile

MOSCOW, April 10 (UPI) -- Russia plans to keep its long-time SS-18 Satan intercontinental ballistic missile in service until 2019, a top official said Friday.

Russia pushes ahead with RS-24 super-ICBM deployment

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Russia is continuing its massive strategic missile buildup despite its growing economic crisis that is already causing unrest across the far-flung Russian Federation.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Russia building new missile

MOSCOW, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Russia is building a new missile to respond to the U.S. missile defense system in Europe, the country's strategic missile troop commander said.

Russian: ICBMs could target missile shield

MOSCOW, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A Russian military official says his country could target U.S. missile shield defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic with its latest ballistic missiles.

BMD Focus: Medvedev's missile pledge

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- It's not exactly a surprise, but it's important news anyway. Russia's new President Dmitry Medvedev has pledged to maintain the top-priority modernization of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces designed to be able to swamp America's ballistic missile defense systems.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Russia to double ICBM tests in 2008

MOSCOW, May 5 (UPI) -- The military wing responsible for Russia's intercontinental ballistic missile battery said Monday it plans to double the number of test launches in 2008.

Russian rail ICBMs -- Part 2

MOSCOW, March 11 (UPI) -- Russia's SS-18 Satan intercontinental ballistic missile, also produced in Ukraine, was tested and put on combat duty almost at the same time as the rail-mobile RT-23 -- NATO designation SS-24 Scalpel. But it has been modernized several times and its service life was extended after trial and commercial launches -- the latter as the Dnepr boosters -- until 2020.
YURY ZAITSEV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Russian rail ICBMs -- Part 1

MOSCOW, March 10 (UPI) -- In February 1983, a rail-based missile system entered trial service in the Soviet Union.
YURY ZAITSEV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Russia ready to leave INF

MOSCOW, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- It looks as if Russia has long guessed the American moves to create a missile defense system in Europe, and is responding tit-for-tat and even figure-for-figure.
ANDREI KISLYAKOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Russia to test warheads this year

MOSCOW, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Russia will expand its testing of new warheads for intercontinental ballistic missiles, the commander of Russia's Strategic Missile Forces said Saturday.

Russia to step up missile deployment

MOSCOW, May 8 (UPI) -- In response to U.S. plans to build missile defense sites in Eastern Europe, Russia announced Tuesday it was bolstering its own missile sites.

Rice: Missile shield not for Russia

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. officials in Washington are trying to convince Russian officials that a proposed missile defense system in Eastern Europe is aimed at Iran, not Russia.

Poland welcomes U.S. missiles

WARSAW, Poland, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. government's plan to base missiles in Poland ends any chance Russia could bring the country back into its sphere, the Polish prime minister said.

Russia threatens to abandon treaty

MOSCOW, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Russia is again threatening to pull out of the intermediate-range nuclear missile treaty signed by the United States and the former Soviet Union in 1987.
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