Russian military test-fires 3 ballistic missiles

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Posted: Oct 28, 2010 2:38 PM
Russian military test-fires 3 ballistic missiles

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.