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Russia Tests US-Style Missile Radar And Optics

File photo: A Bulava missile is launched.
by Staff Writers
Washington (UPI) Apr 25, 2006
Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces successfully launched K65M-R missile from a testing ground at Kapustin Yar in the southern Astrakhan region, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported on Saturday.

SRF commander, three-star Col.-Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov, told Itar-Tass the main purpose of the launch was to test "a uniform warhead for land- and sea-based ballistic missiles" and newly developed elements of a system designed to penetrate missile defenses.

Solovtsov said the test involved optic and radar measurement systems that reproduce similar U.S. systems, Interfax news agency reported.

U.S. analysts believe the test was part of the ongoing ambitious program authorized by Russian President Vladimir Putin to deploy a new generation of upgraded Bulava sea-launched and Topol mobile, ground-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles with multiple independently-targeted reentry vehicle warheads that can evade or neutralize all of the anti-ballistic missile programs the United States is currently developing.

Source: United Press International

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