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Russia To Create New Cosmodrome In Urals Region

file photo of a RS-20V ballistic missile launch.
Moscow (AFP) May 05, 2005
Russia is to create a new cosmodrome in its southern Urals region, which may also be available for commercial use, General Nikolai Solovtsov, the head of Russia's strategic missiles forces, said on Thursday.

Russia will continue test-firing converted ballistic missiles from the military base at Dombarovskoye near Orenburg, and will also use the base to launch space crafts, Solovtsov was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS news agency.

The strategic forces base was used last December to test fire a RS-20V ballistic missile, known to NATO as an SS-18 Satan, the first such test since 1991.

The new cosmodrome may also be available for commercial use, although Moscow has yet to finalise the details, Solovstov was quoted by saying by Ria-Novosti news agency.

Russia's stocks of old Soviet-era missiles are expected to remain in service for the next 10 to 15 years. The RS-20V has a maximum range of 11,000 kilometres (6,600 miles).

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