Russian submarines to test launch ballistic missiles in Pacific

Strategic submarines from the Russian Pacific Fleet will conduct test launches of ballistic missiles at the Kura test site in Kamchatka on September 15-20, a fleet source said on Friday.

"The launches will be conducted from the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea," he said.

The source did not specify the class of the submarines or the type of missiles to be launched. He said however the Pacific Fleet had informed authorities in the Kamchatka Territory that the fleet would conduct on September 15-20 test launches of ballistic missiles whose trajectory would pass over the region.

According to open sources, Russia's Pacific Fleet has 4-5 active Delta-class strategic missile submarines.

One of the submarines, the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Delta III class SSBN, conducted a successful test firing of a ballistic missile from the Pacific Ocean at a target in the Arctic in August 2007.

[Source: Novosti, Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky, 12Sep08]

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