According to the publication in the Ministry of Defense of Russia, recently in the Strategic Missile Forces, measures have been completed to extend the time spent on combat duty of missile complexes. Including extended to 27 years of operational life missiles "Voyevoda".
Up to 1992, Satan was produced by Ukraine. Ukrainian specialists have so far helped exploit it. What happens next is unknown. But now the Russian military has a respite for a period of 5 years, because so much will be able to stand on RS-20В for duty-free operation. By the way, Ukrainian engineers took part in the last event to extend the deadlines. They arrived from the Dnepropetrovsk Yuzhnoye design bureau, where, in fact, the Voyevoda was created.
The source of the publication in the Ministry of Defense said that if the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau would be separated from Russia, then one of the domestic enterprises would take his place. Perhaps they will be a missile center "KB them. Academician V.P. Makeeva. This company was mentioned by the deputy head of Roskosmos, Sergey Ponomarev, when he commented on Poroshenko’s instructions regarding the ban on military-technical cooperation.
“KB named after academician V.P. Makeeva ”is capable of becoming a leader in extending the life of these heavy missiles. We are ready for this. ”said Ponomarev.
Meanwhile, the deputy head of Roskosmos talked about missiles that have already been removed from combat duty, and are being planned for use in conversion programs, following the example of which, during the last week, small satellite 33 were put into orbit. The satellites were delivered by the old PC-20B, released in 1984 and removed from duty in 2009. It is noted that the flight demonstrated the reliability of liquid ballistic missiles. But this is a conversion program. And what about combat missiles? They, too, need to be checked.
Now on duty are the newer "Voivods", belonging to the fourth generation - PC-20В. By their characteristics, they differ from the third generation PC-20B. The most recent PC-20B test launch was carried out in 2009. This was done in order to extend the operational period to 23 years. Now the period has been extended to 27 years, but no test launches were made.
“Test launches can be replaced by other procedures and activities. For example, disassembling a rocket and checking its components on test benches. But it is better, of course, to practice launching and testing missiles already in practice. ”thinks Colonel Vladimir Evseev, head of the Center for Political Studies, who previously served in the Strategic Missile Forces. He explained that bench testing is resorted to in cases where there are only a few tested missiles in the group.
It is known that only RS-2014В remained on combat duty by June 20 from “Governor”, but their number is unknown. It is clear that there are not many of them, but all that remains is the so-called piece goods, which provide Russia with parity with the Western powers.
Evseev himself believes that Russia will do without Dnepropetrovsk specialists and sees in their place all the same KB them. Academician Makeev. Now the company is developing a new complex "Sarmat", which over the years through 5-7 should change to "Governor". It is assumed that the "Sarmat" will surpass the Ukrainian rocket and will be produced using exclusively Russian production facilities.
But it will be later, and now Russian nuclear power is largely provided with missiles made in Ukraine.