Day in History: December 17th


Annually on December 17 in Russia is celebrating a memorable day — the Day of Strategic Missile Forces, established by Presidential Decree No. 549 of May 31, 2006.

The Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) were created on December 17, 1959 by the decision of the Government of the USSR. For the first time as a professional holiday, the Day of the RVSN was established in 1995.

Today, the Strategic Missile Forces (Strategic Missile Forces) – a separate branch of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the main component of its strategic nuclear forces (SNF). The strategic missile forces are designed for nuclear deterrence of possible aggression and destruction as part of the Strategic Nuclear Forces or independently by massive, group or single nuclear missile strikes of strategic objects located in one or more strategic aerospace directions and forming the basis of the military and military-economic potential of the enemy.



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