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Russia Tests Sea And Land Based Nuke Missiles

Russia test fires intercontinental missile: military
Russia on Wednesday successfully test-fired for the third time its new RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile, designed to counter air defence systems like the controversial US missile shield. The missile was fired from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia and hit targets on the Kamchatka Peninsula that juts into the Pacific Ocean 6,000 kilometres (4,000 miles) to the east, Russian news agencies reported. "The targets that were set were reached. The tasks were fully carried out," the commander of Russia's strategic missile forces, Nikolai Solovtsov, was quoted as saying by Interfax. "The deployment of the RS-24 missiles, which have a detachable warhead, strengthens the military options of the Russian missile forces in overcoming missile defence systems." Military spokesman Alexei Zolotukhin told Interfax that "the missile... was launched from a mobile launcher. This is the third test-firing of the RS-24 in the last two years." Russia in May 2007 first test-fired the RS-24, which the military has said is designed to overcome air-defence systems such as the controversial US missile shield planned for deployment in eastern Europe. The second test, which was also successful, was in December 2007. Experts and Russian news agencies have said the missile is capable of carrying three nuclear warheads.
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Nov 28, 2008
Russia successfully tested Friday a sea-based missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads, the military said, amid continued tension with Washington over missile defence.

A Bulava missile fired from the Dmitry Donskoy submarine in the White Sea, along Russia's northern coast, hit its target on the Kamchatka Peninsula near the Pacific Ocean, navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said in a statement.

"The warhead successfully reached the Kura test site on Kamchatka," he said, describing a flight-path around 6,000 kilometres (4,000 miles) in length.

Four out of the six previous tests of the Bulava were unsuccessful, the Interfax news agency reported.

Friday's launch comes after Moscow has repeatedly expressed its fury over US plans to place a missile defence radar system in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles in Poland.

Earlier on Friday, the commander of Russia's missile forces announced that their new RS-24 missile -- a land-based weapon that Moscow says is designed to overcome the US missile shield -- would be deployed from December 2009.

The Bulava, which can be equipped with up to 10 individually targeted nuclear warheads, has a maximum range of 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles) and was first successfully tested in December 2005.

It is the sea-based version of the Topol-M, designed to be launched from Moscow's newest Borei class of submarines.

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India tests sea-based nuclear-capable missile from land
Bhubaneswar, India (AFP) Nov 12, 2008
India on Wednesday conducted a successful test of a nuclear-capable missile from its eastern coast, defence sources said.

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