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Arctic Submarine Successfully Tests Ballistic Missile

Moscow Interfax 15 Jan 97

MOSCOW, Jan 15 (Interfax) -- A Russian nuclear submarine Wednesday successfully fired an RCM-50 ballistic missile from the Barents Sea to a test site on the Pacific Kamchatka Peninsula. The Kalmar (Squid) class sub commanded by Captain Sergey Smirnov carried out the launch as part of a regular test of nuclear missile systems. The Navy said the missile warhead hit the Kamchatka target on time. The Navy last year regularly tested its sea-based missiles from strategic subs in its Arctic and Pacific fleets. Tests showed the crews' high level of battle training "to carry out orders to provide a reliable shield for Russia's sovereignty and security," its press center said. "The successful tests also show the high level of technical reliability of the sea-based missiles at the disposal of the Navy," the press service stressed.

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