Russia successfully test-fires new ICBM

Russia successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday in a launch intended to extend the lifetime of aging Soviet-built weapons, the Defense Ministry said. The RS-20V Voevoda, which NATO identifies as the SS-18 Satan, was fired from its silo in the southern Ural Mountains' Orenburg region. Officials said it hit a target on a testing ground on the Far East Kamchatka Peninsula, more than 6,000 kilometers (3,750 miles) away. "The launch once again confirmed the technical characteristics of the missile and its readiness to perform combat tasks while its service lifetime has been extended," Defense Ministry's spokesman Igor Kostyshin told The Associated Press.