Russia tests readiness of its strategic nuclear forces in Siberia

Russian military maneuvers in Siberia commenced with the Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch on 26 September. Besides this test, the drills also involve other strategic nuclear forces. The purpose of the test was to verify the functionality of the technology enabling the missile to pass through missile defence.

The Topol-M missile has a range of up to 11,000 km and can be fitted with a nuclear warhead with a force of up to 800 kt. Russian Ministry of Defence confirmed the ICBM test run, with the missile launching from the Kapustin Yar spaceport in southwest Russia and successfully hitting its target at the missile range at Sary-Shagan in Kazakhstan. Russia maintains close defence and economic cooperation with Kazakhstan, the use of the Sary-Shagan missile complex being one of the key indicators of this cooperation. Beyond the launch itself, strategic nuclear forces are practising using Yars mobile launchers in the Siberian region and it is estimated that up to 4,000 soldiers are included in the exercise. This exercise comes a week after the end of the large-scale Russian-Belarusian interservice exercise Zapad and coincidentally takes place at the same time when NATO is deploying naval missile defense maneuvers, also practicising a destruction of hostile ICBMs.

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