Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Russian Navy Fires Ballistic Missile In Major Northern Fleet Exercises

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) and Russian Defence Minister Sergey Ivanov (L) watch the launch of a missile during military exercises in the Barents Sea aboard of 'Pyotr Veliky' nuclear missile cruiser 17 August 2005. A Russian nuclear submarine fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (IBM) as part of major exercises in the Barents Sea, ITAR-TASS news agency said. AFP photo / Itar-Tass / Presidential Press Service.

Moscow (AFP) Aug 17, 2005
A Russian nuclear submarine fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (IBM) Wednesday as part of major exercises in the Barents Sea attended by President Vladimir Putin, ITAR-TASS news agency said.

The RSM-54 missile was launched from a submerged Delfin-class submarine named Yekaterinburg to a range on the Kamchatka Peninsula thousands of kilometres (miles) to the east, the defence ministry was quoted as saying.

Two submarines, the Northern Fleet's flagship Pyotr Veliky cruiser and Russia's only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, as well as long-range aircraft, were taking part in the Barents Sea manoeuvres - the first of four exercises due to take place in August and September.

Putin, accompanied by Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov, was watching the naval war game after flying in Tuesday on a Tu-160 supersonic, long-range bomber. During the flight he broke the sound barrier and watched the firing of a cruise missile.

Particular attention was being paid to the Northern Fleet exercise following an embarrassing failure to successfully fire the RSM-54 missile during a similar war game attended by Putin last year.

On first attempt, a nuclear submarine was unable to launch the RSM-54, known in NATO code as SS-N-23, and a second missile had to be destroyed in mid-air after veering off course.

The navy is also in the spotlight following an international rescue effort earlier this month to save seven submariners trapped in a Russian mini-submarine on the Pacific Ocean floor.

On Thursday, major Russian-Chinese military exercises start.

Related Links
Search SpaceDaily
Subscribe To SpaceDaily Express

US Signals Thaw In 20-Year Military Standoff With New Zealand
Wellington (AFP) Aug 17, 2005
The United States has allowed New Zealand to take part in a joint military exercise this week, after a 20-year freeze in defence cooperation, but has refused to say Wednesday whether the approval signalled a wider thaw.

  • US Hopes Sino-Russian Maneuvers Don't Destablize Region
  • US Congress Urged To Press For Details On Plan For Global Troop Realignment
  • Analysis: Indo-U.S. Ties Not To Hurt China
  • US-Indian Military Accord Does Not Compromise Security: Defence Minister

  • US Signals Thaw In 20-Year Military Standoff With New Zealand
  • No Nuclear Weapons In South Korea, Top General Says
  • Russian Navy Fires Ballistic Missile In Major Northern Fleet Exercises
  • Asia's Cooperation Crucial In Containing WMD Trade, US Official Says

  • UK Becomes First International Customer For LockMart's Guided MLRS Rockets
  • Lockmart's Conducts Final ATACMS Missile Test With Penetrator Warhead
  • Analysis: Missile Test Will Fuel Arms Race
  • Lockheed Martin Study Develops Cost-Cutting Solutions For LAM Production

  • BMD Focus: The search for Gen. Schriever
  • Lockheed Martin Exhibits BMD In Taiwan
  • BMD Focus The Spirit Of Gen. Schriever
  • Orbital Successfully Launches MDA Target Vehicle

  • Putin Plays Salesman As Russia Puts Aerospace Wares On Display
  • Airbus Considers Building Manufacturing Plant In China
  • Air France Plane Hit By Lightning Before Crash: Passengers
  • Rolls-Royce Shares Rocket On Strong Profits, Dividend News

  • Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout UAV Demonstrates Its Capabilities
  • Unmanned Aircraft Capabilities Expanding In War On Terrorism
  • Cyber Defense Systems Commences Shipment Of UAVs
  • Israel, US Resolve Row Over China Arms Deal

  • Analysis: 'Black August' In Iraq
  • Dhi Qar Province At Tipping Point
  • Sabotage And Budgets Hamstring Iraqi Power
  • Commentary: Iran's Strategy In Iraq

  • DD(X) National Team Completes Radar Cross-Section Testing of DD(X) Deckhouse
  • Northrop Grumman Completes Update of Navy Group II E-2C Aircraft
  • Future Combat Systems (FCS) Successfully Completes Major Program Milestone
  • NGC To Equip Expeditionary F-18s With LITENING AT Targeting Systems

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights 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 SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement