Russia plans 10 test launches of intercontinental missiles this year

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.

Last update: Tue, 10/01/2017 - 14:37

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