"An April 15 decision by the President of the Russian Federation suspended the ‘Dnepr’ conversion program," Karakaev said.
Dnepr is a three-stage space delivery vehicle based on the family of R-36M intercontinental ballistic missiles (NATO reporting name SS-18 Satan, designated RS-20 by the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty START).
It is launched from two Russian bases: Baikonur in Kazakhstan and Yasny in southern Russia, part of the SMF’s 12 missile formations.
The Russia-based international space company Kosmotras is tasked with upgrading the RS-20B missile developed in Ukraine.
Unconfirmed reports emerged in April that R-36M intercontinental ballistic missiles would no longer be launched under the Dnepr program in 2015.