Russia Tests Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

10 December 2009 (Last Updated December 10th, 2009 18:30)

Russia has successfully test launched a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from the Kapustin Yar test site in south Russia's Astrakhan region. Russian Strategic Missile Forces spokesman Col. Vadim Koval said a RS-12M Topol missile hit the designated target in Sary-Shagan, Kaz

Russia has successfully test launched a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from the Kapustin Yar test site in south Russia's Astrakhan region.

Russian Strategic Missile Forces spokesman Col. Vadim Koval said a RS-12M Topol missile hit the designated target in Sary-Shagan, Kazakhstan.

"The launch was designed to test the operational capability of the Topol ICBM," he said.

The RS-12M Topol (SS-25 Sickle) has a maximum range of 10,000km and can carry a nuclear warhead with a yield of 550kt.

The single-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile has similarities with the US Minuteman ICBM in terms of size and shape.

Introduced in 1985, the missile was in active service until 2007, deployed with the 54th Strategic Missile Division near the town of Teikovo.

The Russian Strategic Missile Forces have a total of 541 ICBMs, including 306 Topol missiles and 59 Topol-M missiles, according to reports.