Russia Tests New Missile System

Russian nuclear arsenal can now circumvent defense shields
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2007 4:00 AM CDT
Russia Tests New Missile System
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(Newser) – Russia tested a new line of missiles yesterday that the Kremlin claims can penetrate any defense system. Putin took the opportunity to reiterate his warning that the US plan to to deploy an anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic will turn the region into a "powder keg," the AP reports.

The RS-24 ICBMS were fired from a mobile launcher in northwestern Russia and landed on target on the Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula. The Russian military vows to strengthen its "strategic nuclear triad"—land-based, sea-based, and air-based nuclear delivery systems which have suffered neglect since the Soviet collapse. (Read more Russia stories.)

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