The Strategic Rocket Forces removed the last R-36MUTTH/SS-18 missile from a silo at the missile division at Kartaly. The division has been slated for liquidation for some time and will probably be completely closed by the end of the year.

The closing of the Kartaly base is part of the process of liquidation of the older R-36MUTTH/SS-19 missiles (also known as RS-20B). The only modification of the SS-18 missile that remains in service - R-36M2 - will be consolidated at Dombarovsky and Uzhur.