Russia says it successfully test fired Yars nuclear ballistic missile

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Russia successfully conducted a test launch of the Yars intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced.

The ministry released a video showing the launch of the Yars missile, which was equipped with detachable warheads.

According to the ministry, the test launch took place at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northwestern Russia. The missile successfully hit the target in Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.

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The test launch was aimed at confirming the tactical, technical and flight characteristics of the missile system, and all scheduled training subjects were completed, said the ministry.

First tested in May 2007, the Yars missile system has a potential range of 11,000-12,000 kilometers and can carry six to 10 independently targetable warheads of 100-300 kilotons, according to media reports.

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