MOSCOW, Nov. 28 — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday 22 new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) would be added to his country's strategic missile forces (RVSN) next year.
"The next year, we plan to supply the arsenals of the strategic missile forces with 22 more ground-based ICBMs," Putin told a meeting with the RVSN commanders in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
While saying Russia has made development of strategic nuclear forces a priority, Putin stressed that the RVSN must be capable to pierce any anti-missile defense, both existing and prospective.
Russia will spend more than 46 billion rubles (1.4 billion U.S. dollars) on nuclear weapons building and maintenance during 2014-2016 period as the country plans to upgrade some 85 percent of its strategic nuclear weapons by 2020.
Two RVSN regiments were armed with the new mobile strategic missile systems this year.
Russia held snap drills of nuclear strategic forces, anti-missile and anti-aircraft defense systems under the direct command of Putin in October.(PNA/Xinhua)