Militants launch shell on exhibition complex near Damascus - televisionWorld August 20, 15:27
Cardinal Parolin: Dialogue of Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches to help them feel unitySociety & Culture August 20, 8:27
Polina Dibrova, mother of three, wins Mrs. Russia 2017 beauty pageantSociety & Culture August 20, 4:41
Russian emergencies ministry plane returns from firefighting mission in ArmeniaWorld August 20, 4:39
East Ukraine conflict claimed nearly 3,000 civilian lives — ICRCWorld August 20, 1:56
Renowned Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky turns 80Society & Culture August 20, 0:48
One of seven injured in Surgut stabbing spree in critical condition — authoritiesSociety & Culture August 19, 23:51
Netanyahu expects to meet with Putin in Sochi on August 23 — Israeli premier’s officeRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 19, 22:47
Surgut attacker is identified as a local resident - investigationSociety & Culture August 19, 14:09
MOSCOW, June 21. /TASS/. The heavy nuclear-powered submarine The Dmitry Donskoy will stay operational at least till 2020 and participate in the testing of upgraded inter-continental ballistic missile Bulava-M, a source in the military-industrial complex told TASS.
"The question of scrapping The Dmitry Donskoy will not be raised till the end of 2019. It will remain part of the Navy and be used for pop-up and flight tests of the upgraded Bulava missile, being developed at the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology," the source said.
Bulava was designed to arm the strategic nuclear-powered Borei submarines of the upgraded project Borei-A, the source said.
TASS has no official confirmation of this.
Earlier, a source in the Russian defense industry said The Dmitry Donskoy would be used for testing missiles and other technologies till 2017.
It is the sole nuclear powered submarine of project 941 (Akula) still in service in the Russian Navy. In 2003-2010 it carried out 14 test launches of the Bulava missile. Half of them were successful.