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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Missile System Tested

The military has recently successfully tested a new missile system that can penetrate all anti-missile defenses and is close to deploying it, the chief of the General Staff said Thursday.

"A test was conducted in February this year which showed that Russia is close to building a combat system for our intercontinental ballistic missiles which will be capable of penetrating all existing and planned anti-missile defenses," Gen. Yury Baluyevsky told reporters.

He added that the missile system would be ready "in the nearest future." Analysts say the new warheads, designed to zigzag on their approach to targets, could be fitted to new land-based Topol-M missiles and the prospective Bulava missiles for the Navy, now under development.

In his state-of-the-nation address last week, President Vladimir Putin said the new high-precision weapons would have an unpredictable trajectory, making them very difficult to neutralize and allowing Russia to maintain a strategic balance of forces with the United States even with a smaller arsenal.