Russia's Yury Dolgoruky Submarine Successfully Test-Fires Bulava ICBM

The Russian Northern Fleet's Project 955 Borei-class nuclear submarine Yury Dolgoruky successfully test-fired a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday.

Bulava is Russia's cutting-edge intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Equipped with 10 warheads with a 9,000-kilometer range, it is even capable of withstanding nuclear attack.

"The Yury Dolgoruky… successfully test-fired a Bulava ICBM from the designated area in the Barents Sea at the Kura range in Kamchatka," the statement said.

The launch was made from an underwater position in accordance with the combat training plan, the ministry said. 

The parameters of the flight trajectory of the Bulava ICBMs have been worked out in the regular mode.

According to the confirmed control data, ICBM combat units completed the full flight cycle and successfully hit the targets at the test site, the ministry added.

Intercontinental ballistic missile R-30 Bulava should become primary weapon for ballistic missile submarines of the Borei class (Project 955), which is intended to replace the Delta III, Delta IV and Typhoon classes now in Russian Navy service.


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