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Troops Successfully Test RS-12M Topol Missile at Plesetsk

INTERFAX 9 Nov 96

MOSCOW, Nov 9 (Interfax) -- Russia's strategic missile troops successfully launched a RS-12M Topol missile from the northern site of Plesetsk at 11:50 a.m. Moscow time on Saturday, the missile troops' press center told Interfax. Lt. Col. Aleksandr Zubov commanded the crew that launched the intercontinental ballistic missile, the press center said.

The personnel once again showed flawless training and professionalism, proving indeed that the troops are ready to fulfill any combat task at any moment, missile troop commander Gen. Igor Sergeyev said. He thanked all the personnel engaged in the launch. The missile, which hit a training target near the Kamchatka peninsula, has been in service for about 10 years, the press center said. Nevertheless, its technical specifications proved faultless.

"This launch has once again convincingly proved the high combat readiness of the troops and the reliability and technical readiness of this kind of missile," a spokesman for the press center said. "All the 52 Topol launches after state-supervised flight tests have been successful."

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