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Russia tests new ballistic missile

Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces successfully launched K65M-R missile from a testing ground at Kapustin Yar in the southern Astrakhan region, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported on Saturday.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2006 04:36 IST

Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces successfully launched K65M-R missile from a testing ground at Kapustin Yar in the southern Astrakhan region, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported on Saturday.

The commander of the forces, Colonel-General Nikolai Solovtsov, said the main purpose of the launch was to test "a uniform warhead for land- and sea-based ballistic missiles" and newly developed elements of a system designed to penetrate missile defences.

Solovtsov said plans for a US missile-defence system "could upset strategic stability", the agency reported, suggesting that the test was part of an effort to ensure that Russian missiles are capable of foiling any US shield. He said the test involved optic and radar measurement systems that reproduce similar US systems, according to Interfax.