Russian Yars intercontinental ballistic missile launcher at Tverskaya street during the rehearsal of the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia, 28 April 2022. EFE-EPA FILE/YURI KOCHETKOV

Russia ‘successfully’ tests ICBM

Moscow, Apr 12 (EFE).- Russia has “successfully” tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from the south of the country, the Ministry of Defense reported on Wednesday.

Russian Yars intercontinental ballistic missile launchers take part in the Victory Day military parade on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 09 May 2022. EFE-EPA FILE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

“On April 11, 2023, the combat crew of the Strategic Missile Troops successfully launched the intercontinental ballistic missile of the land-based mobile missile system from the Kapustin Yar State Central Multiservice Training Ground in the Astrakhan Region,” the ministry said, according to TASS state news agency.

Russian mobile strategic missile Yars takes part in a military parade on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 09 May 2016. EPA-EFE FILE/YURI KOCHETKOV

Bordering Kazakhstan, Astrakahn region meets the Caspian sea, and the training ground lies about 100 kilometers east of Volgograd.

The missile hit a hypothetical target more than 2,000 kilometers away in the Sary-Shagan polygon in Kazakhstan, with expected precision, it said.

The purpose of the launch was reportedly to test the advanced military supplying of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

“The launch permitted proving that the… solutions used in the development of new strategic missile complexes are correct,” it added.

On Mar. 29, the ministry said that strategic military training had begun with the Yars ICBM system involving several thousand troops.

The Yars, or RS-24, is a strategic solid-fuel ICBM system deployed operationally since 2010, with a range of 11,000-12,000 km. EFE