In Plesetsk produced a new ICBM test launch (+ update)

The Strategic Rocket Forces have carried out May 23 test launch of a prototype of a new intercontinental ballistic missile

This is the official representative of the Press and Information of the Defense Ministry for the Strategic Missile Forces, Colonel Vadim Koval.

"Start done from a mobile launcher crews Strategic Missile Forces and the SAI," — he said.

Press-secretary said that the launch was carried out from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.

"Training combat unit arrived in a given area at the site" Kura "on the Kamchatka peninsula. The goals achieved start ", — said the spokesman. He noted that "the main goals and objectives of the launch is to obtain experimental data to validate the correctness taken in the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile, scientific, technical and technological solutions, performance testing and defining the technical characteristics of its systems and assemblies."

"This missile is created with the maximum use of existing and development of new backlogs and technological solutions obtained in the development of defense systems of the 5th generation, which significantly reduces the time and cost to create it" — said Koval.

It is planned that the new missile will strengthen the combat capabilities of the Strategic Missile strike force in the strategic nuclear forces of Russia, including by improving the ability of the systems to overcome missile defense.

 

Today was extra:

A prototype of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, tested 23 May 2012 at Baikonur "Plesetsk" is a ground-based analogue of the marine complex P-30 "Bulava", the newspaper "Kommersant" reported, citing sources in the missile industry. Both missiles similar in many respects. The launch of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, a developer of "Bulava", has actually started to work on the unification of prospective onshore and offshore delivery vehicles.

Launch of a new missile took place at 10:15 Moscow time May 23, 2012 at Plesetsk Arkhangelsk region. Solid-fuel rocket was launched from a mobile launcher. The test is considered a success — training warhead designed to hit his target on the range "Kur" in Kamchatka. Previous rocket launch held Plesetsk in September 2011 and was unsuccessful — the carrier fell in Baikonur.

At the last trial was attended by chief designer MIT Yuri Solomonov, his first deputy, Alexander Dorofeyev and CEO of the Institute Sergey Nikulin. According to "Kommersant" reported, citing sources in the missile industry, "Bulava" missile and tested in many ways similar. Both have a mass of about 36 tons, length — 12 meters and the same number of stages (three stages in the P-30). The new missile has also received solid fuel, similar to those used in the "Bulava", and a head portion that could carry up to ten warheads.

"This missile is created with the maximum use of existing and development of new backlogs and technological solutions obtained in the development of defense systems of the fifth generation, which significantly reduces the time and cost to create it" — said the May 23 Russian Defense Ministry spokesman for the Strategic Missile Forces, Colonel Vadim Koval. The source agency "Interfax" in the missile industry pointed out that the prospective missile using solid fuel, which will reduce the time of the engine on the active portion of the flight path of the carrier.

In September last year, some of the sources Russian news agencies said that at the cosmodrome "Plesetsk" were tested for the new head of the terrestrial mobile missile system "Yars", which uses solid-fuel missiles RS-24. It is believed that the new head part will be more likely to break through the defense system.

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