USA tests land-based cruise missile banned by INF

USA tests land-based cruise missile banned by INF

The tests were held on 18 August.

The United States tested a non-nuclear ground-base cruise missile, which was banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

"The Department of Defense conducted a flight test of a conventionally-configured ground-launched cruise missile off the US West Coast Sunday. We are currently evaluating the results of the test," Lt. Col. Carla Gleason was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying.

As the Pentagon wrote in a press release, "the test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight."

“Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense’s development of future intermediate-range capabilities.”

Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the United States had included the development of missiles that violate the agreement into their budget almost a year before Washington left the INF Treaty.

On 2 August, the United States formally withdrew from the INF Treaty.

Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that Moscow cannot ignore the state of affairs after the US withdrew from the agreement. He instructed the government to monitor Washington’s steps to develop the INF Treaty program.

The INF was a 1987 treaty with Soviet Union, which prohibited ground-launched nuclear, ballistic and cruise missiles which range from 500 to 5,000 kilometers.

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