In December 2016, missile regiments armed with the Yars missile complexes are to be put on the combat duty in the Yoshkar-Ola, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Kozelsk missile formations.
In accordance to the State Defence Order for 2016, armament, military and special hardware was introduced to missile forces in order to support and put on the combat duty 23 mobile and stationary launch sites of the Yars missile complex.
The Yars missile complex will play one the key roles in strategic deterrence.
Reception of the complexes and their modernization editions will increase combat capabilities of strike group of the Strategic Missile Forces in penetrating missile defence and enchase strategic deterrence capacities.
The Russian strategic missile forces, formed December 17, 1959, consist of 40 regiments and support and security units. About 500 operational crews made up of approximately 6,000 personnel remain on duty at all times.
Nuclear missile forces are armed with six principal types of missiles: three stationary silo-based versions and three mobile ones. The Russian nuclear deterrent force also includes naval and air-based components.