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Russia test-fires SS-25 intercontinental missile
The Hindu ^ | Oct. 3, 2001

Posted on 10/03/2001 12:05:53 PM PDT by Sawdring

Moscow, Oct. 3. (DPA): Russia today successfully test-fired an old SS-25 intercontinental missile, military officials told the Interfax news agency.

The Topol RS-12M (NATO specification SS-25 sickle) was fired from the Plesetsk launch site in northwest Russia and hit a target almost 8,000 kilometres away in the Kamchatka peninsula in the far east.

The 45-ton missiles have been in service since the mid-1980s and most stocks must be decomissioned between 2005 and 2010.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS:
RT-2PM - SS-25 SICKLE
1 posted on 10/03/2001 12:05:53 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Flamefront, AGAviator, Askel5, Hopalong, GeronL
Is this some sort of a warning or just a test? Looks like an inopportune time to conduct an ICBM test with massive US, NATO strikes planned against Afghanistan.
2 posted on 10/03/2001 12:07:46 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Sawdring
Do they have a "use by" date that was being approached?
3 posted on 10/03/2001 12:23:25 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Sawdring
Looks like an inopportune time to conduct an ICBM test with massive US, NATO strikes planned against Afghanistan.

We don't need to intervene massively in a military fashion.

We only need to support an insurgency of Afghans against the Taliban led by field commanders who were pro-US during the Soviet-Afghan war. Then we ned to clearly enunciate a policy of freedom and self-determination for all people in the region.

We will have more people on our side than we can handle, rockets or no rockets.

4 posted on 10/03/2001 12:24:15 PM PDT by AGAviator
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To: AGAviator
only ned need
5 posted on 10/03/2001 12:24:58 PM PDT by AGAviator
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To: murray500
Right, this is the perfect time for all nations to be 'testing' their missiles!
(Lots of 'help')
6 posted on 10/03/2001 12:33:20 PM PDT by maestro
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To: AGAviator
I understand your point, but I don't think that is going to happen. With four aircraft carriers on location the US is going to create a living hell for the Taleban and anyone caught in the area. Do you think this test was a warning or just a test?
7 posted on 10/03/2001 12:33:40 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Sawdring
most stocks must be decomissioned between 2005 and 2010

If they have to scrap 'em anyway, dropping them on suspected Bin Laden camps seems as good a way as any - normally it would be a ridiculous waste of resources, but in this case it just saves them a major toxic waste disposal hassle.

8 posted on 10/03/2001 12:35:41 PM PDT by N00dleN0gg1n
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To: Sawdring
Do you think this test was a warning or just a test?

I think it's the equivalent of saying "Ahem!" to get our attention.

9 posted on 10/03/2001 12:37:18 PM PDT by AGAviator
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To: Sawdring
But, no, we do not need a national missile defense. The Cold War is over. Russians are our friends, even if Putin is a committed communist of the old school, and a former director of the KGB. It really isn't a problem that they sell critical missile technology to Iran, China and North Korea. Just go back to sleep, America, we know what's best for you.
Sincerely,
The Democrats
10 posted on 10/03/2001 12:40:43 PM PDT by Gunner9mm
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To: Sawdring
Possibly a demo to impress a buyer.
11 posted on 10/03/2001 12:44:34 PM PDT by latrans
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To: latrans
"Cuba?"
12 posted on 10/03/2001 12:49:51 PM PDT by maestro
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To: Sawdring,Flamefront, AGAviator, Askel5, Hopalong, GeronL,murray500,maestro,Gunner9mm
These tests were planned months in advance as part of Russia's missile maintenance program. The sky is not falling.
13 posted on 10/03/2001 1:55:20 PM PDT by Pericles
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To: Pericles
Perhaps one of the least of the "planned in advance" events about which we need worry at present, actually.
14 posted on 10/03/2001 2:05:41 PM PDT by Askel5
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To: Gunner9mm
RE: "The Democrats"

... and sadly, many a duped Russophile so called "Conservative". Of course, no real Conservative would have taken the events of 1989 - 1991 without at least a bit of skepticism, eh?

Sincerely,

Belmont Mark

Ultra-Nationalist Archconservative

"BORDERS, LANGUAGE, AND CULTURE" = M. Savage

15 posted on 10/03/2001 2:06:19 PM PDT by GOP_1900AD
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To: Pericles
No, you're right, we're going to support establishing freedom in Central Asia, and its people are going ultimately choose to chart their own destinies, and not be dictated to by Moscow, or Tehran, or New Dehli - all historical enemies.

So the sky is not falling, the Central Asian people are going to be free to choose their own destinies, and the warlords who are keeping the pot boiling are going to have their last hurrah.

But back to the missile test. You'd think our prospective "anti-terrorism partner" would suspend them at a time like this if they weren't designed to get attention.

And I'm sure the visit of Iran's defense officials, and the signing of more agreements with Russia, were also "planned months in advance" too.

16 posted on 10/03/2001 2:10:05 PM PDT by AGAviator
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To: Gunner9mm
Well, lets see, the Republicans sure don't have a problem moving their factories to China and buying everything they produce. Nor do they have a problem of supporting "friendly" terrorists and dictators around the world...only a problem when they turn unfriendly. As for mindless aggression in the 90's, you might have a hard time choking your pride down, it was America who got the big prize. Like it or not, Americans elected Klintoon, not once but twice...you get what you deserve in a republic.

Oh and please, Mr. Russophob, please, explain how any of Putin's economic policies are communist? Do you even know the meaning of the word? Ever give it any thought? Or is this just a knee jerk reaction drilled into you since puberty?

17 posted on 10/03/2001 2:32:55 PM PDT by Stavka2
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To: Pericles
Don't confuse the issue with the facts...all the conspiracy NUTCASES are having the time of their pitiful lives. Since they have nothing else to do but worry about Rapture and Russia. To bad they'll all go to their graves from old age and still never see their hoped for invasion, where they get to be the Wolvarines from that stupid flick "Red Dawn".
18 posted on 10/03/2001 2:35:04 PM PDT by Stavka2
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To: AGAviator, Askel5
You do know that they notify the USA before such tests right?
20 posted on 10/03/2001 3:01:35 PM PDT by Pericles
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To: I_Had_Enough
Have you ever had the pleasure of drinking Cuban rum? Beats ole Cpt Morgans like a red headed step child....mmmmm..mmmm..good.
21 posted on 10/03/2001 3:19:00 PM PDT by Stavka2
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To: Stavka2
You have been working very hard lately.
22 posted on 10/03/2001 3:49:32 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Pericles
Where did you see it written that it was planned months in advance? I remember the Indian's saying their missile test ,while the Chinese foreign minister was visiting, was planned months in advance. The sky might not be falling but if your going to play the "I'm a very good geo-political analyst" game you need to take this into consideration.
23 posted on 10/03/2001 3:52:33 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Pericles
Yep.

It's only the folks they supply with missiles who aren't exactly bound by the courtesy of former communists.

25 posted on 10/03/2001 4:47:54 PM PDT by Askel5
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To: Stavka2
and still never see their hoped for invasion, where they get to be the Wolvarines from that stupid flick "Red Dawn".

You must be joking. We'll be our own worst enemy, comrade.

Wolverines are no match for the Feds. Ask the Davidians.

26 posted on 10/03/2001 4:51:04 PM PDT by Askel5
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To: I_Had_Enough Stavka2

I still use Mt. Gay in my cheesecake but this stuff ain't bad at all.

27 posted on 10/03/2001 5:08:11 PM PDT by Askel5
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To: Pericles
of course they notify us, especially in the state we're in now.. they don't want us to freak out.
29 posted on 10/03/2001 8:43:06 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Stavka2
where they get to be the Wolvarines from that stupid flick "Red Dawn".

Heck, I liked that flick! (gr)

30 posted on 10/04/2001 1:17:14 AM PDT by Yehuda
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To: Sawdring
Russia and the US should consider firing all their aging missles ... at Afghanistan.

It would be much cheaper than decommisioning them.

31 posted on 10/04/2001 1:19:52 AM PDT by eFudd
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To: Zadokite
Yeah, and we occasionally test-fire a Minuteman missile. Big fat hairy deal.
32 posted on 10/04/2001 5:43:03 AM PDT by Poohbah
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To: Poohbah
You snogging twonk.

You electric wiper of other people's donkey bottoms.

You cut rate, dirty rag using, bad part of town street corner inhabiting, car window smearing, 'can I have some change' handout soliciting ex-Marine.

Getting banned is no excuse for being AWOL - hurry back and we'll drop the pending desertion charge.

Didja think I'd let you slink quietly off into the sunset? = )

33 posted on 10/18/2001 5:17:46 PM PDT by Hoplite
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To: Poohbah
Now don't let it happen again.
34 posted on 10/22/2001 5:15:47 PM PDT by Hoplite
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To: Hoplite
I'm getting leery of posting ANYTHING, thanks to some of the moderators.

I got banned in part for "baiting." In other words, I was banned for how someone ELSE reacted to one of my posts. Nothing wrong with the post itself--but the unreasonable psycho it was directed at blew a mental gasket, and for his being unable or unwilling to control himself, I wound up getting banned.

35 posted on 10/22/2001 5:20:03 PM PDT by Poohbah
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To: Poohbah
Uh-oh. Good to know.

I've collected a couple scalps in my time, but I guess the rules are a changin'.

Anyway, good to have you back - not enough posters around who actually have a clue vis military matters.

36 posted on 10/22/2001 5:29:37 PM PDT by Hoplite
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To: Gunner9mm
Oh,thank you gunner-(in southern draw)Well with just us little o' thin's here in Tara we need whacha call it? A democrat.Yes that right we need a democrate to protect us. And if you'all say is ok well believe ya and there's just nothing for us all to worry our little heads about.Oh, and Gunner how bout' we increase our goverment till its larger than the country of Bolivia. LOL
37 posted on 10/22/2001 5:30:34 PM PDT by fearNlothin
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To: Gunner9mm
Gunner, I am really tired of your cynicism.

If there were any real danger, I am sure Okrah would have told us on her show. Peter Jennings and Dan Rather say you are a dangerous, right-wing, extremist, Christian Fundamentalist, gun-nut, homophobe, who has been clearly overheard sniggering at Hillary jokes.

As soon as my Sexual Harassment Seminar gets out, I am coming after you with some really tough persons to help you see reason. Any more remarks from you, and we'll sue. And that goes double for my friends Achmed and Manuel, you bully!

38 posted on 10/22/2001 6:42:30 PM PDT by Francohio
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To: Sawdring
BUMP
40 posted on 12/17/2001 4:37:30 PM PST by Orion78
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