Russia has test-fired Topol RS-12 SS-25 Sickle Intercontinental Ballistic Missile ICBM 0503141

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 07:27 AM
 
Russia has test-fired Topol RS-12 SS-25 Sickle Intercontinental Ballistic Missile ICBM.
Russia has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile Topol RS-12 (NATO code SS-25 Sickle) Intercontinental Ballistic missile (ICBM) from a test site in southern Russia on Tuesday, March 3, 2014, evening, a Russian defense ministry spokesman said.
     
Russia has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile Topol RS-12 (NATO code SS-25 Sickle Intercontinental Ballistic missile (ICBM) from a test site in southern Russia on Tuesday, March 3, 2014, evening, a Russian defense ministry spokesman said.
A Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile is launched from the Plesetsk base in a test in 2009.
     

The firing test was performed from Kapustin Yar about 450 km east of the Ukrainian border. Spokesman Igor Yegorov said the launch took place at 22:10 Moscow time (6:10 p.m. GMT) from the Kapustin Yar testing range in southern Russia’s Astrakhan Region.

The test was successful as the simulated warhead hit a designated target at a test range in Kazakhstan. Yegorov said the aim of the test was to test suggested improvements of the ICBM, which entered service in 1985.

A Defense Ministry spokesman said in early January that the Russian military plans to test around 70 types of rocket and missile weaponry at Kapustin Yar this year.

The testing program at the Kapustin Yar range in southern Russia will include about 300 launches of rockets, missiles, and aerial drones as part of more than 180 R&D projects, said Colonel Igor Yegorov.

The range is located in the Astrakhan region between the cities of Volgograd and Astrakhan. It is known for tests of Iskander-M tactical ballistic missiles, S-300 and S-400 air defense systems and Smerch multiple-launch rocket systems.

     
The RT-2PM Topol SS-25 Sickle,or RS-12M Topol) is a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile designed in the Soviet Union and in service with Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces.
The Topol missile is deployed in a transport-launch canister stationed on a mobile launch vehicle.
     
The RT-2PM Topol SS-25 Sickle,or RS-12M Topol is a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile designed in the Soviet Union and in service with Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces.

The SS-25 delivers a payload of 1,000 kg up to a range of 10,000 km (6,214 miles). This payload is equipped with a single 550 kT warhead and probably decoys as well. The system uses a digital computer controlled inertial navigation system which provides an accuracy of 200 m CEP.
 

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