posted on Feb, 17 2004 @ 09:04 AM
Russia has been running a major military exercise which included ten ships and six nuclear submarines. The peak of this exercise was to be a test
launch of two ballistic missiles from one of the nuclear submarines. This scheduled event was of major importance, and Putin was to watch the launch
from one of the other submarines in the exercise.
"A test launch of two ballistic missiles, planned as part of a military exercise attended by the Russian president, has failed, reports said."
Interfax is reporting that the missile test have failed. This is a huge blow to the success of the exercise since ballistic nuclear missiles are what
separates the big boys who rule the nuclear block from the kids who would like to play. One has to wonder if this is the tip of the iceberg. Ballistic
missiles were the great threat during the Cold War, but now Russia's might seems to be crumbling. With the Russian elections just weeks away, this
could cause an embarrassment for Putin.
[Edited on 18-2-2004 by SkepticOverlord]