Russia to Test New Nuclear Sub with Bulava ICBMs
The launch of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile from the Yury Dolgoruky nuclear submarine scheduled for October will mark an important stage in testing the submarine and its missile system. This statement was made by a source in the Russian Navy.
“This will be the first launch of the Bulava missile from the submerged position by the Project 955 (Borey-class) nuclear submarine with a full set of 16 Bulava ICBMs on its board. The launch will test the submarine’s stability after a firing operation,” the source said, confirming the plans to conduct the Bulava launch from another Borey-class strategic nuclear submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, in November.
“As of September 13, we plan to launch this missile from the Alexander Nevsky in November to test the reliability of the Bulava missile and confirm the stable operation of the submarine’s missile system. The missile will be launched from the submerged position in Russia’s White Sea to hit a designated target at the Kura test range on the Kamchatka peninsula,” the source concluded.