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Russia fires intercontinental ballistic missile in scheduled test

Published time: March 04, 2014 19:57
Edited time: March 04, 2014 21:18
Russian RS 12 M Topol (AFP Photo / Dima Korotaev)

Russian RS 12 M Topol (AFP Photo / Dima Korotaev)

The Russian military has successfully performed a scheduled test launch of the RS-12M Topol intercontinental ballistic missile, the country’s Defense Ministry said.

The launch of the intercontinental three-stage ballistic missile (ICBM) was carried out from Kapustin Yar testing ground in the Astrakhan region. The dummy warhead hit its target at a test ground in Kazakhstan, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov told RIA Novosti.

“The aim was to test an advanced battle equipment for the intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the ministry stated.

Russia informed the United States ahead of the ICBM test - and even before the latest Russian military moves in Crimea - a US official told Reuters.

The White House confirmed that the launch was “routine” and that the United States had advanced notice. Such prior notification is required under the nuclear arms treaty between the two nations.

Since 2007, Topol has been repeatedly tested in order to allow for the extension of its current service life, which was recently extended to 25 years. Its initial service life was only 10 years.

In 1998, RS-12M Topol became the first Soviet mobile ICBM to be successfully entered into service.

Defense Ministry stressed that Kapustin Yar range is “a unique” facility for testing battle equipment for intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Only it provided the test routes and the polygon measuring complex, which allows testing [of] advanced battle equipment capable of bypassing the anti-missile systems, including those with advanced configuration,” the ministry said.

Comments (24)


brian david 05.03.2014 16:33

Russia hasn't used nuclear weapons against anyone. America has twice . The experience so unhinged the Japanese that they consider the US to be their best friend.Even hosting them on their little island and allowing them to rape their wives and daughters.


Frederich DeFuchtshaft 05.03.2014 05:37

I think russia should put love hearts on their missiles and call them "love bombs", just like israel is doing... it makes it seem more humane when the nuclear war starts... at least it will be love that kills us in the end. By the way hows teh crimean pyramids going? any startgates yet?


MissTeenGeorgia 05.03.2014 01:18

Thank God superior US Military has laser to zap any Russian Missiles. And iron dome from Israel to protect our cities.

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