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January 1, Satellite images indicate Russia possibly preparing to test nuclear ‘Skyfall’ missile



Satellite images show Russia may be preparing to test its controversial nuclear-powered missile known as “Skyfall,” designed to defeat US defense systems.

The images, captured on August 16, offer “strong indications Russia was preparing to test a nuclear-powered cruise missile,” according to experts at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

“Using a nuclear reactor would, in principle, give the cruise missile unlimited range to fly under and around US missile defense radars and interceptors,” said researcher Jeffrey Lewis, a weapons expert at the Middlebury Institute.

Lewis added that there are “substantial questions, however, about whether the system can be made to work successfully, to say nothing of the threat that testing this system may pose to the environment and human health.”


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