Russia to deploy new intercontinental missiles by 2010

Russia is to deploy state-of-the-art RS-24 multi- warhead intercontinental ballistic missiles by the year 2010, in reaction to US plans for a Czech- and Polish-based missile shield, a top general said Thursday.

Russia to deploy new intercontinental missiles by 2010
Russia is to deploy state-of-the-art RS-24 multi- warhead intercontinental ballistic missiles by the year 2010, in reaction to US plans for a Czech- and Polish-based missile shield, a top general said Thursday.

"We need at most another five test launches to be able to deploy the missile in three years," General Nikolai Solovzov, the head of Russias's missile network, told Interfax news agency.

Russia has already said it will deploy other types of missiles. The RS-24, Moscow sources say, can penetrate any defence system because of it multi-warhead capability.

In May, when testing the new missiles was made public, President Vladimir Putin them a reply to US missile defence plans and NATO's refusal to sign a treaty on forces in Europe.

At the time it also tested a high-speed, high-precision short- range missile, the Iskander-M.

"There is no need to fear these actions of Russia. They don't have an aggressive character," Putin had said at the time in remarks run by Itar-Tass. "They are just the answer to the rather harsh and ungrounded unilateral actions of our partners."

Putin also said Russia would continue to build its military capabilities, adding that "it's not we who are initiating the new turn of the arms race." Russia had warned Washington its response to any missile shield would be "asymmetrical," he said.



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