Russia is preparing to test its nuclear weapon, 9M730 Burevestnik or Skyfall, satellite images show. Reports suggest the missile has been designed specifically to defeat the US defense systems.
However, this is not the first time the 9M730 Burevestnik — NATO designated name SSC-X-9 Skyfall — is being tested. According to reports, earlier Russia carried out at least one test flight of its Skyfall missile from the same sight near the Arctic Circle.
The latest images obtained on August 16 by a commercial satellite imaging company, Capella Space, show that Russia has been preparing to test this nuclear-powered cruise missile, CNN reported.
There are strong indications Russia was preparing to test a nuclear-powered cruise missile at a launch site located near the Arctic Circle, Jeffrey Lewis, a researcher at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies Center for Nonproliferation Studies who analyzed the photos, told CNN.