Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Oct 10, 2013
Russia said Thursday it had successfully test-fired an upgraded version of a nuclear-capable missile that entered into service in the Soviet era and had been due to be scrapped.
A defence ministry spokesman said the RS-12M Topol had hit its target at a test range that Russia leases from Kazakhstan after it was fired from the Kapustin Yar military site near the Caspian Sea.
"The exercise head of the rocket hit the hypothetical target on the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan," spokesman Igor Yegorov told the Interfax news agency.
Russia is the only country in the world to still test-launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Most of the launches are performed to either ensure the safety of Russia's ageing arsenal or to test new rockets that could penetrate a missile defence system now gradually being deployed by NATO in Europe.
Yegorov said the launch was designed to test improvements meant to keep the RS-12M Topol -- a three-stage ballistic missile that has provided the backbone of Russian defences since Soviet times -- in service for years to come.
"The purpose of this launch was to confirm the stability of the main flight parameters of this class of rocket during extended service," Yegorov said.
Yegorov said the first RS-12M Topol entered into service 25 years ago.
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|