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Russia successfully tests new Bulava missile


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MOSCOW (PTI): Russia Tuesday successfully tested its new Bulava long range missile, which was for the first time fired from the gen-next Yuri Dolgoruki nuclear propelled submarine.

"The Bulava was launched from the Yuri Dolgoruki nuclear powered submarine in the White Sea," Defence Ministry spokesman Col Igor Konashenkov said.

He underscored that for the first time the new missile was fired from the Project 955 Borey class 4th generation submarine, for which it is being developed.

He said the Yuri Dolgoruki was in the submerged position when it carried out the test.

"The launch - 15th in the Bulava's history - was successful by all parameters," Col Konashenkov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

It's all the mock warheads hit a designated target on the Kura test range in Russia's Far East Kamchatka region some 6,000 kilometres to the east Konashenkov said.

Russia resumed the pre-induction of trials of the Bulava (mace) - a submarine launched version of its land based multiple warhead Topol M intercontinental ballistic nuclear missile after a gap of 8 months when only seven of the previous 14 launches were officially declared successful.

The Bulava (NATO codename SS-NX-30) SLBM carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometres. The three-stage ballistic missile is designed as the main weapon for the Borey-class nuclear submarines.

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