|UFO Observed on Yerevan Skyline on June 7, 2012|
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RVSN is a military branch of the Russian Military that controls Russia's land-based ballistic missiles. It was first formed in the Soviet Armed Forces. The Kapustin Yar launch site, a.k.a. Znamensk, was established in May 1946 to readapt technology, material, and scientific support from defeated Germany. Numerous launches of test rockets for the Russian military were carried out at the site, as well as satellite and sounding rocket launches.
The Topol Intercontinental Ballistic Missile was designed to be road mobile and is mounted on a heavy truck (MAZ-7310 or MAZ-7917). Development began in 1977, flight tests of the missile were conducted between 1983 and 1987. Full deployment of 360 missiles was achieved in 1996, and as of January 2008 there are 201 active missiles.
One of the test launches of the RT-2PM Topol was carried out on August 28, 2008. The launch was said to be specially tasked to test the missile's capability to avoid ground-based detection systems. The test included the use of a new warhead, designed to penetrate missile defense systems.
Most recently, tests were conducted on 28 October 2011 and 3 November 2011, which confirmed service life extension till 2019. The Topol will eventually be replaced by more advanced road-mobile version of the Topol-M missile.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, and Kazakhstan -- all reported photos and videos of the UFO on the skyline between 9-11 pm on 7 June, 2012. Additional reports came from Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Israel and Lebanon where the object was also seen. Materials were published both on traditional media websites and social networks, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, leading to a mass hysteria about the UFO.
In Armenia and Azerbaijan the reports were taken more seriously amid military forces engaged in escalating deadly combat fights on a border line between the two countries that have a dispute over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
According to Russians, the Topol missile launched in Astrakhan successfully hit its target in Sary Shagan, an anti-ballistic missile testing site located in Kazakhstan. The later remains in use to this day and was a closed city until 2005. The length of the site is 480 km.
But while the Russian report perfectly addresses all allegations, yet few questions remain unanswered. First, if the Topol missile was launched in Kapustin Yar (Russia) and hit its target in Sary Shagan (Kazakhstan), why the object was reported to be seen in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan at different times. Despite high altitude that the Topol flies at, the South Caucasus and Middle East regions are away from its reported route (see the map).
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Moreover, the analyses of YouTube videos that illustrate previous launches give a different picture. Even Russians who live around the military base in Astrakhan and supposedly saw numerous launches in previous years had mistaken the missile for something else. Visual effects of the launch and the missile itself were far from being usual and normal for this type of missile.
Classical launch of the Topol ICBMs.
The alleged launch effects observed on June 7, 2012 from Volgograd city
The UFO as seen in Astrakhan, Russia on June 7, 2012
The UFO as seen in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 7, 2012 travelling from West to East
The UFO as seen in Yerevan, Armenia on June 7, 2012 travelling from West to East
View in Kazakhstan on June 7, 2012
So, many of us will question what really Russians launched on June 7, 2012? Perhaps, by flying its unknown missile via Caucasus and Middle East region, Russia had a message to NATO. Or perhaps, it was a signal that Russia can easily and undetectably reach any country be it Azerbaijan, Iran, Israel, or Afghanistan.