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Russia tests 2nd sub-launched missile

News agencies say Russia has successfully tested its second submarine-launched ballistic missile in as many days. RIA-Novosti and Interfax quote the head of Russia's joint chief of staff as saying a Sineva-type missile was fired on Tuesday from the submarine Bryansk near the White Sea.

world Updated: Jul 15, 2009 02:17 IST

News agencies say Russia has successfully tested its second submarine-launched ballistic missile in as many days.

RIA-Novosti and Interfax quote the head of Russia's joint chief of staff as saying a Sineva-type missile was fired on Tuesday from the submarine Bryansk near the White Sea.

Gen Nikolai Makarov was quoted as saying it was a short-range test for the Sineva.

Russia is struggling to introduce the newer, more-sophisticated Bulava missile into service, but it has failed in five of 10 launches.

Russian leaders say the Bulava will be able to penetrate missile defenses and will be a key part of the military's future nuclear arsenal.