Russia test launches solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile

Dec. 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM

MOSCOW, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Russia test launched Tuesday an intercontinental ballistic missile propelled by solid fuel from a spaceport north of Moscow, a military spokesman says.

Col. Igor Yegorov, a spokesman for the Russian Strategic Missile Forces, said the RS-24 Yars missile hit targets in Kamchatka in far eastern Russia, ITAR-Tass reported.

"The main purpose of the launch was to test the efficiency, reliability, safety, flight and accuracy characteristics of the missile system under a realistic combat mission scenario," Yegorov said.

One missile division is expected to be equipped with the new system in 2014, he said. Eventually, the RS-24 Yars will form the basis of fixed land-based solid-fuel ICBMs in Russia's nuclear arsenal.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
American Apparel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
At least 5 dead in South Carolina's '1,000-year' rain
Gay Vatican priest comes out day before Pope Francis begins synod on family issues
Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz joins race for Speaker of the House
Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to parasitic disease scientists