Russia plans to conduct at least 10 test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) this year, the Defence Ministry said Tuesday.
Last year, in response to NATO's deployment of a missile shield in Eastern Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country was developing nuclear-capable ICMBs to overcome any defence system.
Russia has contended that the NATO missile shield, which the US has insisted is for defensive purposes, is a threat to its national security.
Later that year, Russia unveiled a hypersonic, nuclear-capable ICBM, the RS-28 Sarmat.
Russia's rocket forces plan to conduct about 150 exercises this year, some 50 per cent more than last year, the Defence Ministry said Tuesday in a statement on its website.
In recent years tensions between Russia and the West have risen to a point unprecedented since the Cold War as the powers wrangle over the Ukraine conflict.
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