With everything these days being done in the context of the crisis in the Ukraine, Russia announced a successful test of the RS-12M Topol ICBM in Astrakhan, near the Caspian Sea. The missile hit a target at a test site in Kazakhstan.
Russia has been testing improved ICBMs as a way of countering the growing missile defense shield the US has been building along their frontier in Europe. The US insists the shield targets Iran, but it is mostly on Russia’s border, and outside of the range of Iran’s best missiles.
Pentagon officials downplayed the test, saying they were given all the advanced notice required by treaties, and that the launch was “not unexpected.” The RS-12M Topol is a nuclear-capable missile.
The RS-12M was first put into service in 1985, and continues to undergo regular tests to extend its service life. The most recent previous test was in October of 2012, and was successful as well.
6 thoughts on “Russia Successfully Tests ICBM Near Caspian Sea”
The Iranian missile shield…which we knew was for Russia all along…and now events prove that to be correct.
They can't even be bothered to lie convincingly anymore.
Even Nixon admitted that missile defense is an escalation of the arms race.
Missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org on the missiles: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike." According to Bob Aldridge the US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously.
Inside the Navy, he's affectionately known as Dr. Strangebob.
Well boys I reckon this is it…nuclear combat toe to toe with the Rooskies.
I sure this has nothing to do with Ukraine but the neocon warmongers will no doubt try to make something of it. In fact, that just shows how desperate the neocons are as they see their dream of World War III fading into nothingness.
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