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Russia Fires Missile To Test Out National Defence System

Dusting off the old hardware
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Dec 05, 2006
Russia fired an interceptor missile on Tuesday to test out the country's missile defence system, a spokesman for Russia's space forces said Tuesday. Russian forces "carried out the launch of an interceptor missile from the Sary-Shagan range" in Kazakhstan, Alexei Kuznetsov, the spokesman, was quoted by ITAR-TASS news agency as saying.

Interceptor missiles are designed to shoot down enemy missiles during an attack. The last time Russia tested one was in 2004, Russian news agencies said.

"The launch came as part of a program aimed at prolonging the service life of interceptor missiles" and to test Russia's missile defences, Kuznetsov said, quoted by Interfax-AVN.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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Washington (UPI) Dec 05, 2006
The Japanese Defense Agency plans to build a new joint U.S.-Japanese interceptor base, the Kyodo news agency reported Monday. "The Defense Agency is considering building a joint Japan-U.S. facility in Nagasaki Prefecture to maintain interceptor missiles used in a ballistic missile defense system based in the prefecture," Kyodo said, citing a source in the Defense Agency.

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