Updates: Russian Northern Missile Drills

28 10 2010

Russia Carries Out Successful Tests of Two SLBMs – RIA

Russia successfully tested two ballistic missiles in separate launches from nuclear submarines in the Barents Sea and the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, a Defense Ministry source said.

The official said a Sineva ballistic missile was launched at 2:30 p.m. Moscow time (10:30 GMT) from the Bryansk (Delta IV class) strategic submarine in the Barents Sea and hit its designated target on the Kura test range in Russia’s Far East Kamchatka region.

A SS-N-18 Stingray ballistic missile was launched at the same time from the Svyatoy Georgiy Pobedonosets (Delta III class) strategic submarine in the Sea of Okhotsk and hit its designated target on the Chizha testing site in the White Sea.

Both submarines were under water at the time of the launches, the source said.

The test launches were carried out in line with a program to ensure the combat readiness of the naval component of Russia’s nuclear triad.

Russia Conducts Routine Test of Topol Ballistic Missile – RIA

Russia successfully launched a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Thursday to test its operational capability, a spokesman for Russia’s Space Forces said.

The RS-12M Topol missile was launched from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia and hit its designated target on the Kura test range in Russia’s Far East Kamchatka region, Lt. Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said.

The missile, which was in active service from 1987 until 2007, was deployed with the 54th Strategic Missile Division near the town of Teikovo, about 150 miles (240 km) northeast of Moscow.

Zolotukhin said this test launch had allowed Russia to extend the service life of Topol missiles to 23 years (initially they were only projected to last for 10 years.)

The RS-12M Topol (SS-25 Sickle) is a single-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile, approximately the same size and shape as the U.S. Minuteman ICBM. The first Topol missiles were put into service in 1985.

The missile has a maximum range of 10,000 km (6,125 miles) and can carry a nuclear warhead with a yield of 550 kilotons.

Although the service life of the SS-25 is being periodically extended, the missile will be progressively retired over the next decade and replaced by mobile Topol-M (SS-27 Stalin) missile systems.

Source: RIA Novosti

Russia Successfully Tests Three Strategic Missiles – Defence News

MOSCOW – Russia on Oct. 28 carried out three successful tests of different intercontinental ballistic missiles as part of regular testing of its strategic arsenal, local news agencies reported.

The armed forces started by launching a Topol RS-12M missile, called the SS-25 Sickle by NATO, from Plesetsk cosmodrome in the far north of Russia from where it landed on target in the Kamchatka peninsula on the Pacific Ocean.

Topol intercontinental missiles have a range of 10,000 kilometers (6,250 miles). They were first tested in 1983 and incorporated into the Soviet Union’s nuclear arsenal in 1988. They were originally designed to be used for 10 years.

Russian forces later in the day launched two intercontinental missiles from nuclear submarines in northern seas, according to military sources cited by Russian agencies.

The first was a P-29P (RSM-50) missile, with a range of 6,500 kilometers, which can be launched from a depth of 50 meters (160 feet).

Minutes later, forces launched a Sineva missile, referred to as Skiff by NATO, from the Barents Sea. The missile was incorporated into Russia’s arsenal in 2007 and in 2008 recorded its longest ever range of 11,547 kilometers.

The three successful tests “confirmed the high specifications of the missiles and the combat capacities of the country’s strategic nuclear forces,” a defense ministry spokesman told the Interfax news agency.

Source: Defence News

Russian Military Test-Fires 3 Ballistic Missiles – AP

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s military on Thursday successfully test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles in one day during training of its strategic forces.

The Defense Ministry said the Bryansk nuclear submarine of the navy’s Northern Fleet on Thursday launched a Sineva missile from the Barents Sea at a range on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Another nuclear sub, the Georgy Pobedonosets of the Pacific Fleet, test fired an RSM-50 from the Sea of Okhotsk at a testing range in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region.

Both types of missiles have a range of about 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles), according to Russian media reports.

The military also fired a land-based Topol missile from the northern Plesetsk launch pad that hit a designated target at Kamchatka’s range. The Topol has a range of about 10,500 kilometers (6,500 miles).

Also Thursday, Tu-95, Tu-160 and Tu-22M long-range bombers of the Russian air force conducted practice launches of cruise missiles at the Pemboi shooting range in the northern Komi region.

Aging Soviet-built missiles continue to form the core of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces, and the military has regularly tested them to check their performance.




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