Russia to Continue Testing Bulava ICBM This Year
Russia’s Defence Ministry denied media reports that the test launch of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile scheduled for this year has been postponed.
“Media reports of an alleged decision to put off the planned test launch of the sea-based Bulava ICBM until autumn 2015 are incorrect,” the Defence Ministry’s official spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov stated, adding that in accordance with the plan for 2015, two launches of the sea-based Bulava missile are to be conducted next year.
The Borey-class strategic nuclear-powered submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, launched the Bulava ICBM at the Kura firing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula from the Barents Sea on October 29.
It’s worth noting that the Bulava is a new Russian three-stage solid-fuel missile designed specifically for arming Borey-class strategic nuclear submarines. The missile is capable of carrying up to 10 hypersonic independently targetable vehicle warheads and intercepting targets within a radius of 8,000 kilometers.