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Mystery surrounds latest Russian ICBM test

07 July 2013

A recent flight test of what was initially described as a prototype of a new Russian intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) may have been a technology-development trial rather than the flight of a full ICBM.

According to an initial report by the Russian Defense Ministry, the test was made from a mobile launcher at the Kapustin Yar test range at 21:45 Moscow time on 6 June 2013. It delivered a single dummy warhead to the target area, but the statement did not specify where this was located.

The Russian Interfax news service said the trial had been the fourth test flight of the solid-propellant ICBM for which the designations Avangard and Rubezh have been reported.



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