Saturday, December 27, 2014

Russia Makes a Successful Intercontinental Missile Test Launch


MOSCOW – Russia successfully conducted on Friday a test launch of the new generation ballistic intercontinental missile RS-24 Yars from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome space center, news reports said.

The Interfax news agency quoted the Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Col. Igor Egorov as saying that the missile hit its designated target successfully in the Kura Test Range in the Kamchatka Peninsula after crossing 6,000 kilometers (around 3,728 miles).

Egorov said that the RS-24 missiles have increased combat capabilities of the armed forces to overcome missile defense systems, and has strengthened the containment capabilities of the Russian Nuclear Forces.

Russia confirmed that the RS-24 missile is capable of carrying three nuclear warheads or more, and can easily penetrate the U.S. missile shield.

In light of the Ukrainian crisis which triggered the highest level of tension between Russia and the West since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow increased its nuclear tests recently.

Intercontinental missiles, nuclear submarines and strategic aviation together form the Russian nuclear trinity program of rearmament, while Russia is planning to spend around $700 billion in modernizing and developing its weaponry by 2020. 


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