Tech image of the day: Topol-M ICBM

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People look at Topol-M ICBM passing by during a rehersal for the nation’s Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 5, 2008. Victory Day, in honor of the end of WWII, will be celebrated on May 9. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Topol-M missile is 75.5 feet long, 6.4 feet in diameter, weighs 104,000lb, is know in the west as the SS-27 Stalin, and carries six 550 kiloton nuclear warheads.

This version with a mobile launcher entered service in 2006 and between silo and mobile launched Topol-M missiles there will be 62 in service by the end of 2008.

The Topol-M has a range of 6,900 miles and is thought to have propulsion enhancements designed to help it avoid US anti-ballistic missiles.

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