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Russia successfully tests intercontinental ballistic missile

Last Updated: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 18:02

Moscow: Russia has successfully test fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile which will be used by the country`s elite forces to get through anti-missile systems, an official said.

According to Colonel Vadim Koval, spokesman for the Russian strategic missile forces, the prototype of a new missile with a mobile launcher was launched at 22:28 Moscow time from the Kapustin Yar testing ground in the Astrakhan region.

"The missile`s model warhead hit the hypothetical target at the Sary-Shagan testing pad in Kazakhstan", Koval told Inter-Tass yesterday.

The key task of the test launch was to verify correctness of technological solutions used in the new missile. Apart from that, the launch confirmed its operability and specified technical characteristics of its systems and units. Moreover, elements of missile warheads were tested.

"The missile is being created based on maximum use of new technological solutions of the fifth-generation missile systems," Koval noted. "These solutions considerably reduce production time and cost."

The new missile will be used by Russian strategic missile forces to get through anti-missile systems.

According to Koval, the Kapustin Yar missile testing site has unique facilities to test elements of missile warheads.


First Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 18:01

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