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Russia test fires intercontinental missile

Press TV [1]
Friday, April 10, 2009

Russia has successfully test-launched a PC-12M Topol intercontinental ballistic missile, Russian news agencies have reported.

According to the agencies, the missile was jointly launched by the Strategic Rocket Forces and the Space Forces from the Plesetsk cosmodrome on Friday.

“The dummy warhead has hit a designated target at the Kura testing grounds on the Kamchatka peninsula with the desired precision,” the RIA Novosti quoted Alexander Vovk, aide to the commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces as saying.


The spokesman further pointed out that the launch has allowed the extension of Topol’s service life to 22 years.

“The launch has been conducted under a program to extend the operating life of Topol missile systems. Its purpose is to confirm the stability of the main flight and technical characteristics of the missile systems during the extension of their operating life,” Interfax cited him as saying.

The missile was produced in 1987 but remained on combat duty until August 2007.

The Topol missile system is the foundation of the Strategic Rocket Forces group and is featured by high maneuverability and quick readiness to launch.