The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation carried out start-up of the Voivode ballistic missile

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The Rocket Strategic Forces (RSF) on Thursday morning carried out start-up of the intercontinental RS ballistic missile - 20B ("Voivode"), reported

RIA Novosti news agency

press - the secretary of management a press - services and information of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation on RVSN the colonel Vadim Koval.

"On December 24, 2009 at 9.30 Moscow time Rocket strategic forces made start-up of the intercontinental RS ballistic missile - 20B ("Voivode") from the position area of the connection deployed in the Orenburg region", - Koval reported.

According to him, start-up is carried out within is skilled - design work for confirmation letno - technical characteristics of the RS rocket - 20B and extensions of term of operation of the Voivode missile system till 23 years.

Heavy missiles of PC-20 - on NATO classification of SS-18 "Satan" - the most powerful in the world intercontinental rockets. The first test start-up took place in February, 1973, is taken advantage on December 30, 1975.

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