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    Russia Conducts Successful Launch of Topol ICBM

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    The training warhead successfully hit a simulated target on the Kamchatka peninsula.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian military conducted Wednesday a successful launch of an RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from the Plesetsk space center, with its warhead hitting a simulated target, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    "A training warhead… struck a simulated target on the firing range on the Kamchatka peninsula," the ministry said in a statement.

    The RS-12M Topol (SS-25 Sickle) is a single-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile, which entered service in 1985.

    It has a maximum range of 10,000 km (6,125 miles) and can carry a nuclear warhead with a yield of up to 550 kilotons.

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