Russian strategic bombers launch long range cruise missiles, RSM-54 Sineva 7200 mls missile fired
TU-95MS russian bombers react to Poland missile shield
Russia's Tu-95MS strategic bombers launched cruise missiles Saturday following an earlier report that it test-launched a long-distance ballistic missile in the same day, the Interfax news agency reported.
"The Tu-95MS aircraft of Russia's Long Range Aviation took off from tactical airfields and successfully launched training cruise missiles in the Arctic region of the country," Col. Lieut. Vladimir Drik, aide to the Russian Air Forces commander said.
The missiles accurately hit training targets at the firing range, he said.
The launch was made as part of Stability-2008 exercises conducted with Belarus from Sept. 22 to Oct. 21.
It was reported earlier that Russia test-launched a long-distance ballistic missile Saturday as part of its Northern Fleet's military exercises. It was the first time that a submarine launched the Sineva ballistic missile to its maximum range.
Similar Flight tests happened with Venezuela Air force earlier this year at the South coast of US Air defense territory. No missiles fired during this action.
Russia test-fires long-range ballistic missile 7200 mls
Russia test-launched a long-distance ballistic missile Saturday as part of its Northern Fleet's military exercises, news agencies reported.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, companied by Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, watched the launch from the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.
"The missile covered 11,547 km. This is the best result that has ever been attained in using this ballistic missile," Medvedev was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
It was the first time that a submarine launched the Sineva ballistic missile to its maximum range, said an aide to the Russian navy commander.
"For the first time in Navy history, the launch was not to the Kura test range in Kamchatka, but to the area of an equatorial part of the Pacific," Captain first rank Igor Dygalo was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying.
Medvedev boarded a Russian naval ship in the Barents Sea Saturday to observe the tactical exercises of the Russian Northern Fleet, which are part of the larger-scale Stability-2008 exercises conducted with Belarus from Sept. 22 to Oct. 21.
The RSM-54 Sineva is a third-generation liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile that entered service with the Russian Navy in July 2007. It can carry four or 10 nuclear warheads, depending on the modification.
Russia's Strategic Missile Forces said last year that Russia would conduct at least 11 test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2008 and would double the number of launches after 2009 "to prevent the weakening of Russia's nuclear deterrent."
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