On December 21, 2006 at 11:20 MSK (08:20 UTC) , the Strategic Rocket Forces conducted a successful test launch of a R-36M2 (RS-20V, SS-18) missile from the Dombarovsky division. Missile warheads were reported to have reached their targets at the Kura test site in Kamchatka.

The Rocket Forces announced that the launch was part of the program to extend service life of R-36M2 missiles. The missile that was launched had been in service for 19 years. The first launch of a R-36M2 from the Dombarovsky site was conducted on December 22, 2004. On July 12, 2006, an R-36MUTTH (RS-20B, SS-18) missile launched from Dombarovsky delivered a satellite into orbit. (See also an entry on failed R-36MUTTH launch from Baykonur on 28 July 2006.)