Russia Fires Topol ICBM in Drill

A Russian Topol ICBM operated as planned in a Friday test conducted with an eye to potentially extending the weapon's period of military use, ITAR-Tass reported.

Russia's strategic missile forces and aerospace defense forces cooperatively fired the SS-25 missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 1:12 p.m. local time, strategic missile forces spokesman Col. Vadim Koval said. The official said a mock bomb carried by the armament reached its intended destination at Russia's Kura test range with significant accuracy.

Koval said the trial was intended to verify the resilience of the weapon's primary technological features during its time on active duty, which Russia has extended to two dozen years. He added that the test would aid Moscow in examining the option of adding one additional year to its operational period.

Correction: This article was updated to identify the type of ICBM test-launched as an SS-25 Topol missile.

October 19, 2012
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A Russian Topol ICBM operated as planned in a Friday test conducted with an eye to potentially extending the weapon's period of military use, ITAR-Tass reported.

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