posted on Oct, 10 2013 @ 02:50 PM
Russia just test fired a Topol icbm from the Kapustin Yar range on the lower Volga, to the Shary Shagan impact zone in Kazakhstan. In the past such
launches have been seen over a wide area, as far away as Israel and Syria, and reported as UFOs.
This launch occurred about an hour before sunset at the launch site, so it would have been much harder to see. Regions farther east, where the sun had
already set [say, around Omsk] would have darkened western skies but a back-sunlit launch contrail and then the typical brief spiral of warhead bus
If the weather was clear, we might expect some spectacular videos to show up on youtube and rutube. Keep an eye out for them.
Russia test-fires Soviet-era intercontinental ballistic missile
Moscow Interfax-AVN Online. in Russian. 1421 GMT 10 Oct 2013
Moscow, 10 October: An RS-12M Topol intercontinental ballistic missile was test-launched from the Kapustin Yar test site (Astrakhan Region) at 1739
Moscow time [1339 gmt] on 10 October, Col Igor Yegorov, the Ministry of Defense spokesman for the Strategic Missile Troops, told Interfax-AVN.
"The missile's test warhead hit the notional target at the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan within the set accuracy," Yegorov said.
Yegorov said that the launch was carried out "as part of the tests of a new warhead".
He said that in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the methods of overriding missile defences being tested, measurement systems in the radar and
optical bandwidths were used.
"During the test, test data was gathered on the parameters of the target environment shaped by the warheads of future ballistic missiles in the
process of the missile defences being overridden. Subsequently, these results will be used in developing effective systems to override missile
defences and equipping new missile systems with them," the officer said.