Russia test nuclear-powered cruise missile in arctic

Published: Oct. 12, 2023 at 10:19 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Last week, Russia tested a new nuclear-powered cruise missile in the arctic, displaying efforts to improve military technology amidst the war in Ukraine.

Over the last few years, Arctic security has become a high priority for Russia, the United States, and all other arctic countries: all of whom are looking north for security risks and developments. Those efforts were continued last week by Russia when the successfully test a nuclear-powered cruise missile in the Arctic Novaya Zemlya Archipelago.

The archipelago, which is about 2,000 miles away from Alaska, has historically been used as a testing ground for other Russian military technology such as nuclear weapons.

During a speech in Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the completion of the missile development along with a new intercontinental ballistic missile. Both of which are now being put into production.

Little is known about the cruise missile which NATO forces have code-named “skyfall,” but it is believed to be able to carry both conventional and nuclear warheads.