Russia to launch rockets in the North Pacific

RUSSIAN submarines armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles will test-fire their rockets in the north Pacific Ocean between September 15 and 20.

RIA Novosti news agency reported an unidentified official saying missile launches will be carried out in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea and will hit targets on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia.

A press officer for the Governor of Kamchatka told RIA Novosti that authorities had been forewarned and would inform the local population “in due course”. Russia’s Pacific Fleet, which will carry out the tests, has Delfin nuclear submarines equipped with missiles that can reach targets as far as 8300kilometres away.

September 14, 2008

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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