Ukraine and the United States begin the final stage of joint disposal of solid missile fuel of intercontinental ballistic missiles RS-22 (SS-24 according to the NATO classification) at the Pavlograd chemical plant in eastern Ukraine's Dnepropetrovsk Region.
"Actions on co-operation at the final stage are enshrined in the joint plan for fulfilling the requirements set in the program on mutual threat reduction between the Ukrainian State Space Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense signed in Kiev on July 15," the press service of the Ukrainian Space Agency said on July 16.
First Deputy Head of the Ukrainian State Space Agency Sergei Kapshtyk and Chief of the Global Cooperative Security Office at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) of the U.S. Department of Defense Michael Keifer signed the document.
All fuel recovery works should be finalized in 2018.
The solid missile fuel of ICBMs RS-22 is being disposed of at the Pavlograd chemical plant as part of Ukraine's international commitments for reduction and elimination of strategic weapons as well as the state-funded programs for elimination of ICBMs RS-22 and the recovery of the ICBMs RS-22 solid missile fuel.
The program plans to scrap 5,000 tonnes of solid missile fuel in Ukraine. More than 1,200 tonnes of solid missile fuel have already been disposed of. The U.S.-built plant for the disposal of the solid waste of the solid missile fuel and empty ICBM engine bodies was commissioned at the Pavlograd chemical plant in May 2013.
According to the U.S. data, the U.S. DTRA funding of the ICBM RS-22 solid missile fuel disposal program has reached around $195 million from 1999 to 2014. In autumn 2014 the U.S. confirmed that the country was ready to expand financial aid for the implementation of the program.
Ukraine has already destroyed 136 silo launchers of ICBMs RS-18 (SS-19) and the strategic air group. In early 1994 Ukraine had around 1,300 warheads for ICBMs and more than 600 warheads for air-based cruise missiles.
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