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Russian subs successfully test ballistic missiles in Pacific

RIA Novosti

17:30 09/10/2009 MOSCOW, October 9 (RIA Novosti) - Two Russian nuclear-powered strategic submarines have test-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Defense Ministry said on Friday.

The RSM-50 (NATO codename: SS-N-18 Stingray) missiles were launched on October 6 and 7 from the Sv Georgii pobedonosets [St. George the Triumphant] and the Ryazan in the Pacific Ocean, hitting their designated targets in the north of Russia.

The RSM-50 is a two-stage, liquid propellant, submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) developed for Project 667BDR/Delta III-class strategic submarines. Each carries up to 16 RSM-50 missiles.

The RSM-50 has a range of up to 8,000 km and the capacity to carry from one to seven nuclear warheads.



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