Russia Tests Sineva Missile

23 May 2011 (Last Updated May 23rd, 2011 18:30)

Russia has successfully conducted its second Sineva intercontinental ballistic missile test in the Barents Sea, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has said. The missile was launched from a Russian submarine, which hit the target located on the opposite side of the country

Russia has successfully conducted its second Sineva intercontinental ballistic missile test in the Barents Sea, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has said.

The missile was launched from a Russian submarine, which hit the target located on the opposite side of the country on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.

"The launch was conducted from a submerged position. The warheads hit the test range on schedule," he added.

Each Sineva submarine-launched missile carries up to ten warheads and has a range of more than 6,800 miles.

According to military experts, the test has been conducted as a show of force due to diplomatic tensions with the US over the proposed European missile defence shield.