Putin WAR footing? Russia will DOUBLE ballistic missile tests in 2018 military expansion

Friday, December 15, 2017
By Paul Martin

RUSSIA will hold twice as many ballistic missile tests in 2018 as global tensions rise, a top Kremlin commander has revealed.

Fri, Dec 15, 2017

The number of tests carried out will double to 12 next year as Russia steps up military preparations, commander Sergei Karakayev said.

Mr Karakayev said: “Five missile launches were carried out in 2017, with another one pending, and 12 launches have been planned for 2018.”

Russia’s troops will also be given 20 Yars missile launchers in 2018, with military chiefs planning to have transitioned to the ballistic missile launchers by 2026.

The upgraded system will allow ballistic missiles carrying multiple independent nuclear warheads to be fired from moving launchers and silos.

Mr Karakayev said: “There are plans to keep the missile complex in service until 2024… Plans have also been made to extend its service time until 2025-2027.”

RS-28 Sarmat missiles could replace the system and could be tested before the end of the month.

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