On December 16, 2004 the Strategic Rocket Forces completed deployment of the fourth regiment of Topol-M (SS-27) missiles, which began a year ago, in December 2003. Four new silo-based Topol-M missiles were deployed in addition to the six deployed in 2003. The regiment is part of the missile division in Tatishchevo, Saratov oblast, which now includes 40 silo-based Topol-M missiles.
The first Topol-M missiles became operational in December 1997 and since then the deployment proceeded at the rate of four to ten missiles a year. Ten more silos at Tatishchevo are prepared for deployment of Topol-M missiles, which are expected to become operational in 2005-2006. In addition to this, in 2006 Russia is expected to begin deployment of the mobile version of the missile system.