BREAKING! Russia Says It Test-Fired ‘Shield-Proof’ Missile.

A column of Russia’s Topol intercontinental ballistic missile launchers rolls during a rehearsal of the Victory Day Parade in Alabino, outside Moscow, on April 18, 2012. Russia recently test-fired a missile that similar to the Topol. (Getty Images)

(AP) MOSCOW – Russia on Wednesday successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile with an enhanced capability to penetrate missile defenses and commissioned a new early warning radar, the Defense Ministry said.


The first launch of the new missile was performed at the Plesetsk launchpad in northern Russia, the ministry said in a statement. It didn’t give the name of the missile, but said it was fired from a mobile launcher.


Russia has viewed the planned U.S. led NATO missile defense system around Europe as a potential threat to its nuclear forces, rejecting the U.S. assurances that the shield is intended to counter an Iranian missile threat.


NATO has said it wants to cooperate with Russia on the missile shield, but has rejected Moscow’s proposal to run it jointly. Without a NATO-Russia cooperation deal, the Kremlin has sought guarantees from the U.S. that any future missile defense is not aimed at Russia and threatened to take military countermeasures if no deal is reached.



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