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Russia Tests Nuclear Powered Cruise Missile Burevestnik
Russian Burevestnik nuclear powered cruise missile (Image for representation)

Russia has conducted a series of trials of a nuclear powered cruise missile Burevestnik at one of its facilities in January.

The tests of the compact nuclear power unit for cruise missile Burevestnik have been successfully competed in Russia, TASS news agency reported quoting an unnamed source in the missile producing industry as saying Saturday.

"A major stage of trials of the cruise missile of the Burevestnik complex, the tests of the nuclear power unit, was successfully completed at one of facilities in January," he said.

The trials "sustained stated specifications of the reactor ensuring the missile’s unlimited range," the source added.

In March 2018, President Vladimir Putin said Russia had developed a compact high-power nuclear engine intended for air-launched cruise missiles and sea-launched cruise missiles. Such a low-flying stealth CM armed with a special warhead features almost unlimited range, non-predictable trajectory and high air defense penetration capacity and cannot be intercepted by all existing missile defense and air defense assets.

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