Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Russia Protests Missile Used for Tests in N.M.

Byline: John J. Lumpkin Journal Staff Writer

Government Says Target Rocket Violates Nuke Treaty With U.S.

The Army's substitute for the Iraqi Scud missile, occasionally visible by dawn's early light in flight tests over New Mexico, is under attack by the Russian government.

The Hera missile is launched every few months at White Sands Missile Range as a target for interceptor missiles being developed.

The Russians say it violates the 1987 Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Russia and other "successor states" of the Soviet Union, including the Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakstan, are now considered parties to the INF treaty, which prohibits signatories from having certain kinds of ballistic missiles. …

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