Russia Test-Fires Prototype of New ICBM Created to Evade Missile Defenses

Russia on Wednesday announced a successful trial-firing of a prototype mobile ICBM that is being developed to evade missile defenses, according to an ITAR-Tass report.

Strategic Missile Forces spokesman Col. Vadim Koval said the experimental extended-range missile was launched from a movable launch platform from the Kapustin Yar testing facility in Astrakhan. "The missile's model warhead hit the hypothetical target at the Sary-Shagan Testing pad in Kazakhstan."

The principal focus of the trial was to check if technological fixes to the weapon had been successful. The test was also aimed at affirming the working order of all missile systems and warhead components.

"The missile is being created based on maximum use of new technological solutions of the fifth-generation missile systems," the spokesman said. "These solutions considerably reduce production time and cost."

October 25, 2012
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Russia on Wednesday announced a successful trial-firing of a prototype mobile ICBM that is being developed to evade missile defenses, according to an ITAR-Tass report.

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