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Russian bombers to test launch missile in 2005

MOSCOW. Dec 13 (Interfax) - Russia's long-range bombers will conduct several missile test launches in various parts of the world in 2005.

"The testing area will be considerably enlarged," said Igor Khvorov, commander of the 37th Strategic Air Army.

Test launches will be carried out during joint exercises with the navy in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and their number will be much greater than in 2004, he said.

In the nuclear triad, long-range aviation is the best means of implementing the policy of deterrence, Khvorov said. He added that during flights to various regions, long-range aircraft "gather a great deal of information."

He announced that meetings with U.S. air force officials will continue in 2005. "We meet each year in Russia and in the U.S. to exchange experience and ideas and visit air bases," Khvorov said.