RUSSIA has carried out a series of ballistic missile tests today as tensions with the US continue to rise over the conflict in Syria.
The Topol missile, the fastest in the world, was launched from a submarine in the Barents Sea off the Russian coast today as part of a series of ballistic tests.
Another was later shot from an island in the north-west of the country with its warhead hitting a simulated target, and a third missile – a nuclear-capable rocket – shot from a Pacific Fleet submarine in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan.
The country’s Defence Ministry said in a statement the training warhead “struck a simulated target on the firing range on the Kamchatka peninsula”.
The RS-12M Topol is a single-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile, which entered service in 1985.
It has a maximum range of 10,000 km or 6,125 miles and can carry a nuclear warhead with a yield of up to 550 kilotons.
The launch comes as a time when relations between the US and Russia are at its lowest point in years following the collapse of a ceasefire in Syria.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu accused the West of trying to portray his government’s military exercises as threats – claiming they are merely normal combat training manoeuvres.
In recent months, Russia has conducted a series of drills and inspections of its armed forces – along with testing weapons off the coast.
Last week, a nuclear preparation drill involving more than 40million people was ordered, preparing Russia for a nuclear war.
Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky said: “This is all part of the package of measures to prepare elites to some ‘big war’.”
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