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.
“The modernization includes the upgrade of warning and surveillance systems, detection sensors, integrated fire control systems and power supply grids,” Col. Vadim Koval said.
The spokesman said that automated security at SMF bases is provided by six different systems, developed and produced by Russian defense industry firms.
“The overhaul is being carried out at the highest levels of secrecy in regard to the specifications of the installed equipment and its operating algorithms,” Koval said.
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.