ARKHANGELSK, October 24 (Itar-Tass) — The Alexander Nevsky 4th generation nuclear strategic submarine has put to sea for seagoing tests, the Severodvinsk Mayor’s Office press service reported on Monday.
Aboard the submarine are the trial crew led by chief engineer Alexander Reznikov and by commander Vasily Tankovid. The crew has been formed in the Pacific Fleet and trained at the Navy training centre in Obninsk.
The Alexander Nevsky K-550 submarine is a Russian nuclear ballistic missile submarine of the fourth generation Borei class (Project 955A) currently under construction. The submarine was named after the Russian saint Alexander Nevsky and was laid down in March 2004.
The Yuri Dolgoruky submarine cruiser successfully test launched the second intercontinental ballistic missile Bulava on August 27.
The ICBM Bulava was test launched successfully for the first time at the maximum distance from the White Sea to the Pacific, a spokesman for the press service of the Defence Ministry told Itar-Tass.
The warheads of the missile were brought at the scheduled time to the Pacific with the sea navigation safety rules observed,” the spokesman said.
The submarine crew “showed high professionalism and morale” in this combat mission, he underlined.
The test launch of the ICBM Bulava became the 16th test launch and the second successful consecutive test launch by the Yuri Dolgoruky submarine cruiser. The state committee for Bulava test launches told Itar-Tass on August 12 that at most two Bulava test launches, including a missile salvo, are scheduled before the end of this year. If both test launches are successful the sea-based missile system D-30 (the missile and the submarine) will be put into service in the Russian Navy.
“The 16th test launch of an ICBM Bulava is scheduled for the last decade of August, and a salvo launch of two ICBM Bulava is planned in autumn or even in December,” a source in the state committee for Bulava test launches said.
The Yuri Dolgoruky has made the first successful test launch of the ICBM Bulava on June 28, 2011 (this successful test launch became the 15th one in the series of Bulava test launches). The Bulava test launches were earlier made from the reequipped Project 941 Akula submarine Dmitry Donskoy. This Bulava test launch was successful in all parameters and its warheads reached the target area in Kamchatka.