Russian nuclear submarine aborts ballistic missile test

October 21, 2019


MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian nuclear submarine aborted the test firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile during a military exercise overseen by President Vladimir Putin last week, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday.

The nuclear submarine, K-44 Ryazan, part of Russia’s Pacific Fleet, was meant to launch two R-29R ballistic missiles from the Sea of Okhotsk on Oct. 17, but fired only one successfully with the other remaining in its tube onboard the submarine, the Vedomosti daily reported earlier on Monday.

The incident occurred on the same day as Putin oversaw the drills from a command center at the Defence Ministry in Moscow.

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