Moscow: Russia on Thursday successfully test fired
its next generation nuclear-capable Bulava intercontinental
missile after a series of failures.
The Bulava (mace) was successfully test launched from
underwater position by nuclear submarine "Dmitry Donskoy" in
the White Sea and hit its target on the Kura test range over
six thousand kilometres in Russia`s Far East Kamchatka region,
NTV channel reported quoting the Defence Ministry.
"The parameters of the missiles trajectory were normal.
The warheads successfully reached Kura test range," the TV
said quoting Defence Ministry.
The Bulava (Nato codename SS-NX-30), is a three-stage
liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched version of
Russia`s land-based Topol-M multiple independent re-entry
vehicle (MIRV) and its tests were suspended in December 2009
following seven failures in 12 launches.
The 37-tonne, 12-metre-long (39-ft) missile is designed
to deliver multiple warheads and overcome missile defence
This year Russia is to carry out two more tests of the
troubled missile of which the last one would be launched from
the new generation Borei class submarine Yuri Dolgoruki, for
which it is being developed.
Russia plans to build 8 Borei class submarines by 2015
of which four are in different stages of construction.
If inducted, it is expected to phase out the R-29RMU
Sineva SLBMs currently deployed on Russia`s nuclear submarine.