Russia to resume tests of new naval missile from June
After a string of failures, Russia would resume trial of its next generation multiple-warhead naval missile 'Bulava' in June.world Updated: Mar 19, 2010 21:16 IST
After a string of failures, Russia would resume trial of its next generation multiple-warhead naval missile 'Bulava' in June.
'Bulava (SS-NX-30)', considered as Russia's answer to US missile shield, is a three-stage liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
The nuclear-capable missile can carry up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kms. So far only five
of the total 12 launches from 'Borey' class submarines have been officially reported as successful.
The Russian Navy is planning to conduct four launches in June end from two nuclear submarines.
"Two Bulava launches will be carried out from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine followed by two launches from the Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear sub," RIA Novosti reported, quoting senior naval sources.
The second test from the Yuri Dolgoruky will be a salvo launch. Yuri Dolgoruky is the first of Russia's 'Borey' class strategic nuclear submarines, which have been exclusively designed for the 'Bulava' and is currently undergoing sea trials.
If the tests are successful, both the submarine and the missile could be inducted by the Russian Navy by this year end, the sources said.