Russia Tests New ICBM Capable of Evading Missile Defenses

By Newsroom America Staff at 8 Jun 2012

(Newsroom America) -- Russia on Friday test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile that is reportedly capable of evading defenses, as Moscow also commissioned a new early warning radar system, reports said.

The National Journal reported that the first launch of the new missile took place at the Plesetsk launch pad in northern Russia, according to Defense Ministry officials.

The announcement did not give the name of the missile but said it was fired from a mobile launcher.

In recent years Moscow has voiced major concerns about a planned U.S. missile defense shield based in Europe and former Soviet countries that ring Russia's western flank, rejecting Washington's assurances that the shield is only intended to counter any Iranian missile launches.

Russia has also repeated stated it was developing missiles to counter any U.S. shield.

The NATO military alliance has offered to cooperate with Russia on a missile shield but does not want to operate the shield jointly, the National Journal reported.

The Kremlin has said without any cooperation on a missile defense shield and absent U.S. guarantees it would not be directed at Russia, Moscow had threatened to take military countermeasures.

The defense ministry said the mobile missile's practice warhead successfully reached its target on the far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.

"The new ICBM will strengthen the combat capability of the strategic missile forces thanks to its ability to penetrate prospective missile defense systems," the ministry said.

Military officials said they also commissioned a new early warning radar. The Voronezh-M-type facility in Irkutsk is reportedly much more capable than older systems.

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