Russia will further test its ballistic capabilities through launching an increased number of missiles over the next year, an official says.
“We are planning to carry out 13 launches in 2009,” Nikolai Solovtsov, commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), said Friday.
The test-fires, which compared to 2008 are almost double in number, include “five test launches of new missiles” and “three launches to confirm the extension of missiles’ service lives” according to the commander Solovtsov.
Among the missiles to be test-fired is the cutting-edge RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missiles fitted with multiple independently-targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV) warheads.
MIRV warheads enable the hardware hit a various number of targets while empowering it with the capability to shear through multiple layers of armor.
The missile is said to guarantee the strike capability of the Russian missile triad for almost 50 years.
Moscow’s missile might is receiving undivided attention amid Washington’s plans to deploy 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar system the Czech Republic near the Russian borders.