In an interview to the VPK newspaper, Gen-Lt. Vitali Linnik, the chief of armament of the Strategic Rocket Forces, provided an update on the current service live of missiles.
The current service life of Topol is 21 years, UR-100NUTTH - 31 years, R-36MUTTH - 25 years, and R-36M2 - 20 years. Compared to the numbers reported about a year ago, in February 2007, Topol and UR-100NUTTH missiles got their service lives extended by one year.
According to Gen. Linnik, the work on extending service lives will continue. He also reported that initial service of Topol-M is 15 years, which will most likely be extended to 20 years.