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Russia Test-Launches Ballistic Missiles

Russia's Dmitry Medvedev walks near an RS-12M Topol ballistic missile at the Plesetsk space launch pad. (file photo)
Russia's Defense Ministry has reported successful test-launches of ballistic missiles from land and sea.

The Defense Ministry said on October 30 that as part of a surprise exercise the atomic submarine "Bryansk" launched a missile from the Barents Sea, and the "St. George the Victorious" launched a missile from the Sea of Okhotsk. The missiles hit their targets at the Chizha military range in northern Russia and Kura range on the Kamchatka peninsula.

The Defense Ministry said the missiles were fired from underwater but did not say which kind of ballistic missile was used in the test launches.

Separately, Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces successfully launched one Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from the Plesetsk cosmodrome and a Voyevoda RS-120 ICBM from the Dombarovsky air base. Those missiles also reportedly hit their targets at the Kura range.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax