Topol intercontinental ballistic missiles will come out of service in Russia in 2024, they are planned to be used for civilian purposes as Start-1 carrier rockets, a source in the Russian defense sector told TASS on Thursday.
"It is planned to remove the latest Topol intercontinental ballistic missile from service in the strategic missile forces in 2024. Topol missiles out of working service are being replaced by Yars intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple independently targetable vehicle (MIRV) warheads," the source told Russian News Agency.
The Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, engaged in the development of the Russian ICBMs, didn't immediately respond to comment.
The Start-1 is a Russian light-class solid-propellant satellite launch vehicle based on the Topol RT-2PM ICBM, a Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology. The first three stages of the Topol missile are used as the first three stages of the Start-1 rocket and are essentially unmodified for their new purpose.
The RT-2PM Topol is a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile designed in the Soviet Union and in service with Russia's Strategic Missile Troops. By the early 2020s, all SS-25 ICBMs were replaced by versions of Topol-M. The RT-2PM ICBM was designed to be road-mobile and is mounted on a heavy truck.