tests Topol-M missile to subdue USA's $50-billion air defence
test launch of the Topol-M missile has proved that the up-to-date
Russian warhead is capable of subduing the USA's air defence.
Russian military specialists say that the unpredictable flight
trajectory of the Russian missile makes it immune to destruction.
troops performed the test launch of the intercontinental ballistic
missile RS-12M Topol on November 1. The chairman of the press
corp, Colonel Alexander Vovk, stated after the test launch that
the missile successfully hit the conditional target on the Balkhash
range ground in Kazakhstan.
It is worthy
of note that yesterday's launch of the Topol-M missile became
the sixth test of the system, which was created to subdue the
US air defence. The Russian military command was keeping the entire
flight data under control during the launch of the missile. The
test showed that the directional changes, as performed by the
missile on its flight trajectory, would prevent foreign air defence
troops intercepting and destroying the missile.
to the information obtained from open sources, the arsenal of
the Russian strategic troops currently has stationary Topol-M
missile systems. It is planned to use the systems on both shaft
and mobile bases in the future.
Topol-M missile system has unique technical details. The length
of the missile is 22.7 meters, it is 1.95 meters in diameter,
the range ability reaches over 10,000 kilometers. The starting
weight of the missile is 47.2 tons; the missile gathers speed
a lot faster than all previous types with the help of its three
engines. In addition, the missile performs unpredictable course
and trajectory changes as a result of its numerous auxiliary engines.
It was back
in July 2001 that the USA tested one of the elements of their
national ABM defence system. The intercepting missile was launched
from Ronald Regan Test Site on Marshall Islands and hit a test
warhead above the Pacific Ocean, not far from California.
on, the then US President, George Bush Snr, informed the Russian
administration about the USA's single-handed pullout from the
1972 START Treaty. This treaty prohibited the deployment of such
defence systems on the territory of one single state.
ABM plan implies the creation of a layered anti-ballistic shield.
The ABM system would give the USA an opportunity to defend its
territory against possible attacks from states from the so-called
"axis of evil". The USA chose this evolutionary way
for the development of its future air defense system, and as a
result will not have a final and stagnant air defence structure.
The USA deploys ground and sea based missile interceptors, Patriot
systems and a variety of sensors on the ground, at sea and in
The cost of
the US ABM project is estimated at some $50 billion.
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