Russia test-fires ‘Topol’ Inter-continental Ballistic Missile

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Russia test-fires ‘Topol’ Inter-continental Ballistic Missile
Russia test-fires ‘Topol’ Inter-continental Ballistic Missile

Russia’s Strategic Missile Force has tested perspective armament for the RS-12M Topol intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at the Kapustin Yar practice range in the southern Astrakhan Region.

"On December 26, 2017, a combat team of the Strategic Missile Force test-fired an RS-12M Topol intercontinental ballistic missile from the Kapustin Yar state central combined arms training range in the Astrakhan Region," Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday, TASS reports.

"The launch was aimed at testing perspective armament for intercontinental ballistic missiles," the ministry said.

The RS-12M Topol (SS-25 Sickle) is a single-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile, which entered service in 1985. It has a maximum range of 10,000 km (6,125 miles) and can carry a nuclear warhead with a yield of up to 550 kilotons.

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