US Plans to Test Missiles Banned by INF Treaty

The test is scheduled for when Washington completes its Treaty withdrawal procedure. Earlier this week, the Pentagon announced its decision to resume manufacturing parts for missiles that violate the treaty.

he United States plans to test two missile systems banned under Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which the US announced its decision to withdraw from, later this year, The Hill reported Wednesday.

A new cruise missile is scheduled to be tested in August, while a longer-range ballistic missile will be tested later in November, unnamed defense officials told reporters.

Under the INF treaty, all missiles with range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers are banned. The new cruise missile is supposed to have a range of 1,000 kilometers, while the ballistic missile will have a range of 3,000 to 4,000 kilometers, the officials said.

Neither of the two missiles will be armed with nuclear warheads, they said. This corresponds to Pentagon’s earlier statement, in which the Department said its missile efforts are “conventional only — not nuclear.”