Russia just launched it’s new ‘Sickle’ intercontinental ballistic missile, sending it the entire length of their country.
The Daily Mail reported that a Russian Topol rocket was launched during a test flight from the Plesetsk’s launch site in Arkhangelsk Oblast, which is 500 miles northeast of Moscow, and proceeded to strike its target 3,750 miles away, in the Kamchatka peninsula.
The Topol-M rocket has a range of about 6,835 miles. The distance from Moscow to Washington D.C. is 4,861 miles.
The 22.7 meter-long missile is reportedly capable of carrying up to six warheads as well as decoys.
In a video showing how Russia launches its rockets, a door to a pit where the missile is kept gradually opens automatically, before the weapon blasts into the sky.
The intercontinental missile, also known as RT-2PM2 or SS-27 ‘Sickle B’ has occurred during a time of what many may consider “heightened tensions” between Russia and the United States.
The Russian Defense Ministry made this statement about the missile test:
“The goal of the launch was to confirm the stability of flight and technical performance of this kind of intercontinental ballistic missile. A training warhead has hit a hypothetical target with high precision at a firing ground at the Kamchatka peninsula.”
Putin has been investing billions in modernizing his country’s armed forces in recent years.
Donald Trump will be inaugurated in Washington on Friday and the President-elect has signaled that he wants to begin smoothing over relations with Vladimir Putin and America.
H/T: Daily Mail
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