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New START Treaty (NST)

Protocol to New START Treaty: Part Four – Notifications


Section I. General Provisions

1. The Parties shall provide notifications provided for in Article VII of the Treaty in accordance with the provisions of this Part and of the Annex on Notifications to this Protocol.

2. The time and date in a notification shall be expressed in Greenwich Mean Time. The date of provision of notification shall be the date of receipt of the notification. The notification shall become effective either on the date it was received or on the date of the occurrence of the event specified in the notification.


Section II. Notifications Concerning Data Pertaining to Strategic Offensive Arms

1. Notification, to be provided no later than 45 days after entry into force of the Treaty, providing data current as of the date of entry into force of the Treaty for each category of data contained in Part Two of this Protocol.

2. Notification, to be provided no later than 30 days after the expiration of each six-month period following the entry into force of the Treaty, providing updated data for each category of data contained in Part Two of this Protocol. The first of these six-month periods shall begin the first day of the calendar month following the month in which the Treaty enters into force.

3. Notification, to be provided no later than five days after it occurs, of each change in data for each category of data contained in Part Two of this Protocol, unless the notification of such change in data has been provided in accordance with other provisions of this Part. Notification of each change in data on warheads shall be provided only in accordance with paragraph 2 of this Section. The changes in data of which notifications are provided shall include, among other things:

(a) The loss of an item as the result of an accident, disablement of an item beyond repair, placement of an item on static display, conversion of a heavy bomber for use as a ground trainer, launch of an ICBM or SLBM, static testing, or static firing.

(b) The emergence of new facilities, new types, variants of ICBMs and SLBMs, and new versions of mobile launchers of ICBMs.

(c) Elimination of an ICBM, ICBM launcher, SLBM, SLBM launcher, heavy bomber, or declared facility.

(d) A change of category of an existing facility.

(e) A change of category of an item from deployed to non-deployed or from non-deployed to deployed.

4. Notification, to be provided no later than five days after the arrival at a declared facility, of the first prototype ICBM or prototype SLBM of a new type.

5. Notification, to be provided no later than 30 days after the twentieth launch of a prototype ICBM or prototype SLBM of a type or no less than 30 days in advance of the deployment of the first ICBM or SLBM of the same type, that the prototype ICBM or prototype SLBM shall be considered to be an ICBM or SLBM of a new type.

6. Notification, to be provided no later than five days after the decision has been made, of the cessation of development of a prototype ICBM or prototype SLBM of a new type.

7. Notification, to be provided no later than five days after it has been completed, of the transfer of SLBMs to or from a third State in accordance with an existing pattern of cooperation.

8. Notification concerning a new kind of strategic offensive arm.


Section III. Notifications Concerning Movement of Strategic Offensive Arms

1. Notification, to be provided no less than 48 hours in advance of the exit of solid-fueled ICBMs and solid-fueled SLBMs from production facilities, specified in accordance with Part Two of this Protocol.

2. Notification, to be provided no later than five days after the completion of the movement of ICBMs to or from a test range located outside a Party's national territory, which a Party has used for conducting launches of ICBMs between December 5, 1994 and December 4, 2009.

3. Notification, to be provided no later than 24 hours after the visit of a heavy bomber of one of the Parties that is of a type subject to the Treaty has exceeded 24 hours in duration, of the visit of such a heavy bomber to a specific location inside its national territory or to a geographic region outside its national territory.

4. Notification, to be provided no later than 48 hours after departure, of the conclusion of the visit of a heavy bomber of a type subject to the Treaty, notification of which has been provided in accordance with paragraph 3 of this Section.

5. Notification, to be provided no less than 14 days in advance of the beginning of a major strategic exercise involving heavy bombers, of the beginning of such an exercise. Such notification shall be provided in accordance with the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on Reciprocal Advance Notification of Major Strategic Exercises of September 23, 1989.

6. Notification, to be provided no later than 48 hours after the completion of a major strategic exercise involving heavy bombers, of the completion of such an exercise.


Section IV. Notifications Concerning Launches of ICBMs or SLBMs, and the Exchange of Telemetric Information

1. Notification, to be provided no less than 24 hours in advance of any launch of an ICBM or SLBM. Such notification shall be provided in accordance with the Agreement Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on Notifications of Launches of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles of May 31, 1988.

2. Notification, to be provided no later than 180 days after the receipt of the recording media and interpretive data, concerning the incomplete or insufficient quality of the recording media provided, the telemetric information recorded on it, or the interpretive data.

3. Notification, to be provided no later than 60 days after receipt of the notification provided for in paragraph 2 of this Section, containing an explanation concerning the incomplete or insufficient quality of the recording media provided, the telemetric information recorded on it, or the interpretive data.

4. Notification, to be provided no less than 30 days in advance of the demonstration, of the proposed date and place for the demonstration of the recording media and/or appropriate playback equipment.

5. Notification containing a request to acquire playback equipment for telemetric information, or its spare parts, or the response to such a request. The response to such a request shall be provided no later than 30 days after receipt of the request.

6. Notification containing a request for maintenance or for training in the operation and maintenance of the telemetry playback equipment, or the response to such a request. The response to such a request shall be provided no later than 45 days after the receipt of the request.


Section V. Notifications Concerning Conversion or Elimination

1. For conversion or elimination of ICBMs and SLBMs, launch canisters for ICBMs and SLBMs, ICBM launchers and SLBM launchers, heavy bombers, and facilities:

(a) Notification, to be provided no less than 30 days in advance of the initiation of conversion or elimination, of the intent to carry out a conversion or elimination.

(b) Notification, to be provided no later than five days after the initiation of a conversion or elimination, of the initiation of a conversion or elimination.

(c) Notification, to be provided no later than five days after the completion of conversion or elimination procedures, of the completion of conversion or elimination procedures.

2. Notification, to be provided no later than 20 days after the beginning of each calendar year, of the number and types of strategic offensive arms scheduled for conversion or elimination during the year.


Section VI. Notifications Concerning Inspection Activities

1. Notification, to be provided no later than 30 days after entry into force of the Treaty, for the period until the end of the current calendar year and thereafter no less than 30 days prior to the beginning of each following calendar year, for the period until the end of that calendar year, of the standing diplomatic clearance number for inspection airplanes.

2. Notification, to be provided by the inspecting Party no less than six hours in advance of the planned time of departure of an inspection airplane from the last airfield prior to its entry into the airspace of the inspected Party, containing the flight plan for such an airplane.

3. Notification, to be provided by the inspected Party no less than three hours in advance of the planned time of departure of an inspection airplane from the last airfield prior to its entry into the airspace of the inspected Party, of a flight plan approval for such an airplane.

4. Notification, to be provided by a Party no less than 30 days prior to the implementation of a change, of the change to flight routes for inspection airplanes to or from a point of entry established on the territory of that Party.

5. Notification, to be provided no later than 25 days after entry into force of the Treaty, containing the initial lists of inspectors and aircrew members.

6. Notification, to be provided no more than once in each 45-day period, of amendments to the lists of inspectors and aircrew members.

7. Notification, to be provided no later than 30 days after receipt of the notifications provided for in paragraphs 5 and 6 of this Section, of agreement with or objection to each inspector or aircrew member proposed for inclusion on the lists, as well as, in the case of objection to an inspector or aircrew member already on the lists, of such objection.

8. Notification, to be provided simultaneously with the notification provided for in paragraph 2 of Section II of this Part, containing the agreed lists of inspectors and aircrew members.

9. Notification, to be provided only during normal working days no less than 32 hours in advance of the estimated time of arrival of the inspection team at the point of entry, of an intention to conduct an inspection.

10. Notification, to be provided by the inspected Party no later than 30 days after entry into force of the Treaty, of the determination of agreed geographic coordinates of reference points used at the point of entry . Thereafter, the inspected Party shall provide supplementary notifications on each change to these reference points.

11. Notification of changes to the site diagrams of facilities and coastlines and waters diagrams.

12. Notification, to be provided no less than 30 days in advance of the planned date of an exhibition, of the intent to conduct an exhibition.

13. Notification, to be provided no less than 72 hours in advance of the planned date of an exhibition, of the intent to take part in an exhibition.

14. Notifications, to be provided by the inspection team leader, in writing, to a member of the in-country escort during inspections:

(a) Notification of the designation of the type of inspection and of the inspection site, to be provided at the point of entry no later than four hours after arrival of the inspection team at the point of entry or its return to the point of entry after the previous inspection. In the event that the inspection team intends to conduct a sequential inspection without returning to the point of entry, such notification shall be provided prior to the completion of the post-inspection procedures of the previous inspection.

(b) Notification, to be provided simultaneously with the notification of the designation of the type of inspection and of the inspection site, of the intent to conduct a sequential inspection.

(c) Notification, to be provided at the point of entry or at the inspection site in the event of the cancellation of an inspection, of such cancellation.

(d) Notification, to be provided at the inspection site after completion of pre-inspection procedures, of the designation of an item intended for inspection.


Section VII. Notifications Concerning Activities of the BCC and Additional Messages

1. Notification, to be provided in accordance with Part Six of this Protocol, containing a request to convene a session of the BCC.

2. Notification, to be provided in accordance with Part Six of this Protocol, containing a response to a request to convene a session of the BCC.

3. Notifications containing other messages relating to the activities of the BCC.

4. Notification containing a request for clarification of a notification.

5. Notification containing clarification, correction, or modification of a notification.

6. Notification of an additional message with respect to the Treaty.