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U.S. Cruise Missile Test Successful

February 24, 1987

COLD LAKE, Alberta (AP) _ An unarmed cruise missile was successfully test fired 1,365 miles over northern Canada on Tuesday, U.S. and Canadian military officers announced.

Two similar tests last year ended in failure.

The missile was launched from a U.S. B-52 bomber in morning darkness over the Beaufort Sea and parachuted onto a frozen lake in northwestern Saskatchewan about 11:30 a.m., said Maj. Jan Martinson of the Canadian Forces base at Cold Lake.

She said the flight by the subsonic missile took 3 hours and 52 minutes.

Three members of the Greenpeace environmental group had threatened to get underneath the missile in an attempt to abort the test, but Martinson said no protesters were sighted at the testing range where the missile landed.

Maj. Fred Harrop of the U.S. Air Force called the missile’s flight routine.

The cruise missile skimmed treetops along the Mackenzie River valley, shot southward and then turned east on its route to the Primrose Lake air weapons range, which straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary, he said.

Cruise missiles are jet-powered, low-flying craft that use computer guidance systems to maintain low altitutude and avoid radar detection. They can be equipped with conventional or nuclear warheads.

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