Russia's military commissions new batch of strategic nuclear missiles

December 16, 2007 16:37


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Russia's military has commissioned another batch of new intercontinental ballistic missiles - nuclear weapons officials boast can penetrate any prospective missile shield, reports said Sunday. The announcement comes amid tensions between Moscow and Washington over US plans for missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic. The three new Topol-M missiles are capable of hitting targets more than 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) away and, mounted on a heavy off-road vehicle, are harder for an enemy to track it down, officials said. The Topol-M missiles, which had been deployed only in silos before December 2006, are stationed near the town of Teikovo, Russia's Strategic Missile Forces said in a statement carried by the ITAR-Tass and RIA Novosti news agencies.

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