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Russia’s military to carry out drill of strategic nuclear forces

Intercontinental ballistic missiles and cruise missiles will be test launched during the exercise.

A Russian Long Range Blackjack bomber (MInistry of Defence/PA)
A Russian Long Range Blackjack bomber (MInistry of Defence/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Russia’s military will this week undertake a sweeping drill of its strategic nuclear forces.

The defence ministry said the three-day exercise will begin Tuesday and involve 12,000 troops, 213 missile launchers, 105 aircraft, 15 surface warships and five submarines.

It said in a statement on Monday that the war games will feature practice launches of missiles.

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A Soviet Maz 543P Scud Missile Launch Vehicle with SS-1 Scud medium range ground to ground missile which can carry nuclear or conventional warheads, now based at Duxford War Museum (Andrew Parsons/PA)

Major General Yevgeny Ilyin, the head of the ministry’s international cooperation department, said at a briefing for foreign military attaches that two intercontinental ballistic missiles will be launched at practice targets on the Kura testing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

He added that strategic bombers will also fire cruise missiles at test targets at several firing ranges.

Russia has expanded the scope of its military drills in recent years amid rising tensions with the West.

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