On November 29, 2005, the Strategic Rocket Forces conducted a successful test of a Topol (SS-25) missile system. The missile was launched at 10:44 MSK (07:44 UTC) from the Plesetsk test site. The warhead reached the designated target at the Kura test site at Kamchatka Peninsula.
The Rocket Forces announced that the tested missile had been in active service for 20 years before today’s launch. This would mean that it was one of the very first deployed Topol missiles – the first regiment of missiles of this type began combat service on July 23, 1985. According to the Rocket Forces, the test indicates that service life of Topol missiles can be extended to about 23 years. It is not clear, however, if the life-extension program will be carried out – in 2002 Russia began withdrawing Topol missiles from service.