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Russia's Missile Forces to test launch Voyevoda ICBMs - commander

RIA Novosti

12/06/2007 18:09

MOSCOW, June 12 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Strategic Missile Forces are preparing two test launches of heavy R-36M2 Voyevoda (SS-18 Satan) intercontinental ballistic missiles, the forces' commander said Tuesday.

"Preparation of these launches from the Baikonur space center is proceeding according to plan, and I think these launches will be successfully made in due time," Colonel-General Nikolai Solovtsov told journalists.

Solovtsov said the forces planned a number of test launches of ICBMs this year, including from the Plesetsk space center and Kapustin Yar testing range.

"All launches are of a multitask nature," he said, adding that the tasks could include testing new types of missile systems that could in the future be adopted by the forces.

Russia leases the Baikonur space center from Kazakhstan.

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