Russia to Test Bulava ICBM from Nuclear Subs in 2015
The strategic nuclear-powered submarines Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh will test the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile at a firing range in northern Russia after arrival at a permanent base in the city of Vilyuchinsk. This information was presented by a source in Russia’s Navy General Staff.
“According to the plan, the Alexander Nevsky and the Vladimir Monomakh should launch the Bulava ICBM from underwater position in the area east of the Kuril Islands in the Pacific at the Chizha firing range in Arkhangelsk Region,” the source said.
“These launches at the northern firing range will be aimed at checking whether the route is suitable for flight trajectory of the Bulava in both directions – from the north to the east and back. After the Bulava ICBMs are tested, both submarines will go on combat duty and will start performing combat patrolling missions in planned areas of the world ocean,” the source concluded.