The Strategic Rocket Forces conducted a successful flight test of a RS-24 missile. The missile was launched at 16:20 MSK (13:20 UTC) from a mobile launcher at the Plesetsk test range toward the Kura test range in Kamchatka. The missile carried multiple warheads, which were reported to successfully reach their targets.
This is a third flight test of the RS-24 missile, which is a MIRVed version of Topol-M. First two took place in May 2007, second - in December 2007. Two launches were planned this year, but then these plans were scaled down. One more flight test may take place in 2009. Deployment of the missile is expected to begin in 2009 (with the Teykovo division).