Commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces, Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov, was reported as saying that his service is going to deploy seven new Topol-M missiles this year - four silo-based and three mobile. This is a bit different from the earlier plan that called for deployment of only five missiles. At this point it is not clear when and why the plans were changed (or if they were, for that matter).

Another puzzling number reported by Izvestia (although it is not clear if that was something that Solovtsov said) is that the Tatishchevo division has 44 silo-based Topol-M missiles. This is strange - in July 2006 it had 42 and three more missiles were on their way there. There have been no reports of any of these missiles being deployed, so I assumed that they haven't. It is, of course, possible that the missiles were put in silos without great fanfare, but then the question is, why only two of them? I hope that the START MOU data will clarify the situation.