Russia Test-Fires Massive ICBM: Reports
Russia has test-fired its Topol intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) equipped with a new, advanced warhead, state media reported.
The RS-12M Topol launch was carried out at the Kapustin Yar range in Russia’s southern Astrakhan Region and the warhead hit its target in a range in Kazakhstan, the Russian Defense Ministry told the state-run TASS.
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“A combat union of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile Topol RS-12M from the Kapustin Yar state central range in the Astrakhan region,” a Defense Ministry spokesman told TASS. “The goal of the launch was to test advanced ballistic missile warheads.”
The data collected in the Topol launch will be used to develop anti-missile penetration aids, the ministry added.
Last week, the Russian Strategic Missile Force tested its modern Yars ICBM. A week before that, the military carried out another Yars missile launch.
In October, Russia will test its RS-28 Sarmat super-heavy thermonuclear missile, known by NATO as the “SS-X-30 Satan 2,” state-run TASS reported.