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By Tom Parfitt, Moscow,
The Times,
28 November 2016

Kremlin ratchets up tension with missile trains

A decommissioned Russian RT-23 train missile, the Barguzin`s predecessor. DMITRY LOVETSKY/AP

Russia is pushing ahead with plans to re-launch "nuclear trains" and has moved anti-ship missiles to Pacific islands that are disputed with Japan, it emerged yesterday.

Military sources in Moscow said that early tests on an intercontinental ballistic missile for the Barguzin "rail-based combat rocket system" had been successful. The Barguzin is a mobile weapons complex that consists of several train carriages concealing six Yars or Yars-M thermonuclear ICBMs, their launchers and command units.

It is expected to enter service between 2018 and 2020.

Tests to check the launch mechanism of the missile were carried out at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northwest Russia two weeks ago, a defence industry source disclosed to news agencies. "They were completely successful, which opens the way for the beginning...

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