Russia to launch latest ballistic missiles

May 5th, 2008 - 6:22 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Moscow, May 5 (RIA Novosti) Russia will conduct nine test launches of the latest version of its ballistic missile in the current year. “One of the main tasks for us in 2008 is to test new (ballistic) missile systems and to extend the service life of the existing arsenals,” Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) commander General Nikolai Solovtsov said Monday.

According to the SMF, Russia puts an average of three mobile and three or four fixed-site Topol-M ballistic missile systems into operation every year, and the SMF will double its test launches of Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) after 2009.

At present, Russia operates 48 silo-based Topol-M systems (NATO reporting name SS-27) and will deploy another two with a missile regiment in the Saratov region in southern Russia this year, bringing the total number to 50.

The missile, with a range of about 11,000 km, is said to be immune to US anti-ballistic missile defence systems. Unlike the conventional ICBMs, it is capable of making evasive manoeuvres.

It can also provide shield against radiation, electromagnetic pulse, nuclear blasts, and is designed to survive a hit from any laser source.

The first Topol-M mobile missile battalion, equipped with three road-mobile systems, has been deployed with a missile unit stationed near the town of Teikovo, about 240 km northeast of Moscow, Dec 12, 2006.

Solovtsov said earlier, a second missile battalion, equipped with Topol-M mobile ICBMs, would be put on combat duty in the near future. Moreover, the deployment of silo-based Topol-M systems in the Saratov region and road-mobile systems in the Ivanovo region (central Russia) would be completed in 2010.

“Russia would equip the Topol-M missile systems with Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry vehicles (MIRV) in the next two or three years,” he added.
RIA Novosti

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