28th Guards Rocket Division

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28th Guards Red Banner Missile Division
Active May 3, 1961
Country  Soviet Union (1961-1991)
 Russia (1991-present)
Branch Strategic Rocket Forces
Type Missile division
Part of 27th Guards Missile Army
HQ location Kozelsk, Kaluga Oblast
Decorations Order of Red Banner ribbon bar.png Order of the Red Banner

28th Guards Order of the Red Banner Missile Division (Russian: 28-я гвардейская Ордена Красного знамени ракетная дивизия) is a missile division under command of the 27th Guards Missile Army of the Strategic Rocket Forces of Russia headquartered at Kozelsk in Kaluga Oblast.

History[edit]

28th Guards Red Banner Missile Division was formed on May 3, 1961 on the base of 198th Engineer Missile Brigade. On August 4, the Division received its colors.

The first training launch (R-2 missile) was performed on August 18.

On May 30, 1964 two regiments armed with R-9 Desna ICBM were formed under command of the 28th Division. Between 1967 and 1969 eleven UR-100 regiments were formed.

On President's order one of the regiments received title Kaluga. On September 12, 2007 one of the regiments (07390) was disbanded.

There were plans to disband the entire division by 2010, but on November 5, 2008 President Dmitry Medvedev during his speech at the joint session of Russia's Parliament announced that the 28th Division will resume its mission.

In 2013, work began on the rearmament 10 mines 28th Missile Division at the pit complex version of the RS-24 "Yars"

Commanders[edit]

  • 1961 - 1967: Major General Mikhail S. Burmak
  • 1967 - 1975: Major General Vasiliy M. Barabanshikov
  • 1975 - 1977: Major General Vladimir A. Generalov
  • 1977 - 1980: Major General Vladimir M. Timofeyev
  • 1980 - 1986: Major General Vladimir I. Petrov
  • 1986 - 1992: Major General Dmitry N. Bolshakov
  • 1992 - 1995: Major General Boris A. Polyakov
  • 1995 - 1998: Major General Vasiliy G. Karavaytsev
  • 1998 - 2001: Major General Sergey V. Karakayev
  • 2001 - 2004: Major General Victor A. Fyodorov
  • 2004–2009: Major General Oleg G. Antsiferov
  • 2009-2013: Colonel Edward E. Stefantsov
  • Since February 27, 2013: Colonel Valeriy V. Kasyanov

Equipment[edit]

In 1961-1964 the 28th Division received 15 R-9 Desna ICBM launchers, including 6 silos.

In 1967 the first (out of 11) UR-100 regiment was formed.

By 1978 6 out of 11 UR-100 regiments received modified UR-100N (US DOD: SS-19 Stiletto) missiles. As of 2010 UR-100N remains the only ICBM in service with the division.