Nuclear war monster gets one more year to live
The ICBM was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and successfully reached the Kura test range on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's Far East as planned.
The RS-18 (SS-19 or 'Stiletto in Western classification) was developed in the late 1970s and produced till the early 1990s. The two stage liquid-propellant missile can carry a four-ton payload to a range of up to 10,000 km.
Monday’s launch was aimed at improving the missile’s performance and to prove that its operational life could be extended. As a result, Russian military authorities have extended its operational life by one year to 31 years.
According to authorities, more test launches will be carried out this year.