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Updated December 16th, 2023 at 21:51 IST

Russia plans to test launch 7 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2024, keeps US in loop

As the year 2024 approaches, Russia plans to conduct the launch of seven intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in the forthcoming year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin | Image:AP
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As the year 2024 approaches, Russia plans to conduct the launch of seven intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in the forthcoming year. The proclamation about these launches came from the commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) Lieutenant General Sergei Karakayev on Friday. In an interview with Russian news outlet Red Star, Karakayev noted that in the past five years, SMD has conducted over 20 ICBM launches as part of flight tests of new missile systems and training exercises for the Russian armed forces.

"Seven launches are planned for 2024," the Russian commander said in the interview on Friday. He noted that the Russian hypersonic warhead which was put on combat duty was tested from the Yasny formation in the Orenburg region using some of the existing infrastructure. He insisted that the country would be involved in similar flight tests to boost the country's military might. During the interview, Karakayev also noted that despite animosities Moscow and Washington continue to send information with each other. 

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Russia and US keep the transparency

The Russian commander made it clear that Russia and the US continue to notify each other of all planned ICBM launches. "The Russian Federation notifies the US side about any planned ICBM or SLBM launch at least 24 hours in advance. The US also provides similar information," he said. He noted that the two nations notify each other on the matter at least 24 hours in advance. The two nations are complying with the 1988 agreement under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. "Such a notification includes the planned launch date, location and the warhead’s touchdown area," he added. 

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Published December 16th, 2023 at 21:50 IST

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