Russia said Thursday it had successfully test-fired an upgraded version of a nuclear-capable missile that entered into service in the Soviet era and had been due to be scrapped.
Russia is the only country in the world to still test-launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Most of the launches are performed to either ensure the safety of Russia’s ageing arsenal or to test new rockets that could penetrate a missile defence system now gradually being deployed by NATO in Europe.
Yegorov said the launch was designed to test improvements meant to keep the RS-12M Topol — a three-stage ballistic missile that has provided the backbone of Russian defences since Soviet times — in service for years to come.
Full article: Russia test-fires nuclear-capable missile (Defence Talk)