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Russia Carries Out Successful ICBM Test

Russia says it has conducted a successful test of a submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

A Sineva ICMB (NATO designation SS-N-23 Skiff) was launched on December 12 from the submerged Verkhoturye nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea. Its warheads successfully struck the Kura testing ground on Russia's Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.

The Sineva has been in service since 2007 and was successfully tested in 2010, 2011, and 2014.

The Verkhoturye is a Delta IV class nuclear submarine that was commissioned in 1984 and underwent extensive refitting in 2012. The December 12 missile launch was its 27th such successful exercise.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax