Russian Topol ICBM Hits its Mark in Test

A Russian ICBM launched on Thursday struck its intended end point in a test aimed at assessing whether the decades-old strategic weapon was still performing to standard, the Xinhua News Agency reported (see GSN, Jan. 5).

The  RS-12M Topol was fired from the Kapustin Yar missile site in south Russia and completed the trial with the necessary precision at the Sary Shagan missile range in Kazakhstan, Russian strategic missile forces spokesman Col. Vadim Koval said to journalists.

The single-warhead ICBM was placed into operation in 1985. In 2011, the Russian Defense Ministry declared it might lengthen the operational life of the Topol RS-12M to 2019.

The missile can travel more than 6,200 miles and carry a nuclear payload with the explosive power equal to 550 kilotons (Xinhua News Agency/China Daily, June 8).

The ICBM test was seemingly spotted by people in locations as far away as Azerbaijan, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, according to the Jerusalem Post (Yaakov Lappin, Jerusalem Post, June 8).

June 8, 2012
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A Russian ICBM launched on Thursday struck its intended end point in a test aimed at assessing whether the decades-old strategic weapon was still performing to standard, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

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