The Strategic Rocket Forces extended the service life of the UR-100NUTTH/SS-19 missiles to 33 years. The decision was apparently based on the results of the successful test of the missile in October 2008. Previously, the service life of UR-100NUTTH was set to 31 years.
Commenting on the decision, the Rocket Forces representative said that this extension would allow the missiles of the Kozelsk division to stay in service "until it receives missiles of new generation." This probably means that the earlier decision not to disband the division in Kozelsk was not related to the plans to deploy "Ukrainian" missiles there. Rather, it is likely that the current UR-100NUUTH missiles will stay there until 2012-2017, when they will be replaced by new missiles, either by Topol-M or by a UR-100NUTTH follow-on.