U.S. State Department Helps Ukraine Eliminate SCUD Missile System

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 13, 2011

The U.S. Department of State has assisted the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in safely eliminating the SCUD missile system in Ukraine. SCUDs are a Soviet-era short range, tactical ballistic surface-to-surface missile categorized by the Missile Technology Control Regime as a Category I system. The project was concluded on April 11, 2011. Over 185 SCUD missile airframes and 50 transporter-erector-launchers (TELs) were destroyed or demilitarized. Support equipment was also eliminated, including refueling trucks, warhead transport vans, command and control trucks, and other items associated with the SCUD system. In addition, 1441 tons of SCUD missile liquid oxidizer fuel that posed an environmental and safety threat to Ukraine’s population also is being eliminated as part of this cooperative U.S. and Ukraine project.

U.S. funding and contract management for the Ukraine project was provided by the Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund in the Bureau of International Security Affairs and Nonproliferation (ISN/NDF).

To learn more about projects funded through the U.S. Department of State’s Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund, visit the ISN/NDF website at 2009-2017.state.gov/t/isn/ndf.

PRN: 2011/582