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Strategic missile test-fired in south Russia hits the target precisely

June 08, 2012, 15:41 UTC+3

Russia successfully test-fires Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile from Kapustin Yar launch site in the southern region of Astrakhan

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The Russian Strategic Rocket Forces successfully test-fired a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday. That’s according to the spokesman of the Strategic Missile Forces Vadim Koval.Launched from Kapustin Yar launch site in the southern Russian region of Astrakhan, the missile hit the target in Sary Shagan range in Kazakhstan with required accuracy. The launch was intended to test the stability of the missile with prolonged service life, as the Russian military announced last year it could be extended to 2019.In November last year Russian military had already successfully launched the missile. The new weapon, which is an advanced version of the Topol-M and Yars missiles, blasted off from the Plesetsk launch site in north-western Russia and delivered its test block to the Kura target range in Russia’s Far East.The Topol is a single-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile, entered service in 1985. It has a maximum range of 10,000 km and can carry a nuclear warhead with a yield of up to 550 kilotons.

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