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Russia Successfully Launches ICBM Prototype

A Russian Topol-M ICBM carrier shown on display last month in Moscow's Red Square. Russia said it had conducted a trial launch last Thursday of a new, experimental long-range ballistic missile (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev). A Russian Topol-M ICBM carrier shown on display last month in Moscow's Red Square. Russia said it had conducted a trial launch last Thursday of a new, experimental long-range ballistic missile (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev).

A Thursday trial-firing of a Russian ICBM prototype successfully struck the programmed target in the specified amount of time, the Russian Defense Ministry announced.

The test was conducted from a movable launch platform at the Kapustin Yar testing facility, which is located in the Astrakhan area, according to Russia Beyond the Headlines.

The experimental solid-fueled ICBM is envisioned as taking the place of Russia's Yars and Topol-M missiles.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin praised the successful test and said the new intercontinental ballistic missile was a "missile defense killer," RIA Novosti reported.

"Neither current nor future American missile defense systems will be able to prevent that missile from hitting a target dead on," Rogozin asserted.

Moscow is concerned that U.S. antimissile systems planned for fielding in Europe in the coming years could threaten nuclear stability on the continent and has repeatedly warned that it will pursue military measures to counteract the missile defense technology. The former Cold War rivals have held a number of talks on resolving their differences on missile defense but have yet to reach an accord.

Russia's strategic missile forces will stage in excess of 200 drills in the coming summer months, RIA Novosti separately reported. The exercises will encompass "tactical drills at the division-regiment level as well as command post exercises at the army level," Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov said.

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