A Strategic Rocket Forces representative said today that the service is planning to conduct 16 ballistic missile launches this year - five more than it announced in December.

The change is partially explained by the increase in the number of planned space launches with ICBM-derived launchers. According to today's announcement, the Rocket Forces will conduct eight launches of this type, both from Baykonur and Dombarovskiy/Yasnyy. It is not immediately clear what these launches are - as of today, two Dnepr (R-36MUTTH/SS-18) launchers from Dombarovskiy and two Strela (UR-100NUUTH/SS-19) launches - from Baykonur.