Russia tests missile that can beat shield

MOSCOW: Russia on Thursday launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that beats anti-ballistic missile (ABM) systems in hitting high-security facilities, media reports said.

Russia’s prime minister Vladimir Putin said that the recent tests are a direct response to harsh, unreasonable actions by Nato countries.

“There is no need to fear Russia’s actions, they are not aggressive… They are aimed at maintaining balance in the world order, and are extremely important for maintaining peace and security globally,” Putin said.

The Topol (RS-12M) ICBM, launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, is equipped with features designed to defeat ABM systems. It flew 6,000km and successfully hit a target on the Kura testing ground, in Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East, the Interfax news agency said.

“The experimental combat part of the missile has hit the target on the testing ground on the Kamchatka peninsula with high precision, demonstrating an ability to effectively hit high-security facilities,” Alexander Vovk, the head of the RVSN information service, said.

“Experience shows the most economical and quickly achievable countermeasures against the development of a missile-defence system are so-called asymmetrical measures,” he said.

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