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Russia successfully test-fires ICBM at full range

The test launch of a missile took place in the framework of the Zapad-2017 joint Russia-Belarus strategic exercise.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian military conducted on Monday a successful test launch of a missile from an Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile system to a maximum operational distance, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“An upgraded Iskander-M missile system carried out test launch of a missile from the Kapustin Yar testing range in the Astrakhan region in the framework of the Zapad-2017 joint Russia-Belarus strategic exercise,”

the ministry said in a statement.

“The missile flew the distance of 480 kilometers [some 300 miles] and successfully hit a designated target at the Makat testing range [Kazakstan],”

the statement said.

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