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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.

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