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ICBM Bulava test-launch from nuclear submarine maximum close to normal operation

October 30, 2014, 11:09 UTC+3

The system operated perfectly, all parameters were confirmed, and the warhead hit the pre-calculated area, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov says

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Nuclear submarine Yuriy Dolgoruky

Nuclear submarine Yuriy Dolgoruky

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MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. The test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile ICBM Bulava from nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky was maximally close to normal operation. This Bulava test-firing also checked a missile early warning system, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters on Thursday.

“The system has operated perfectly. All parameters were confirmed. The warhead hit the pre-calculated area,” he noted.

“Pechersky early missile warning station has detected the target timely. Therefore, the complex check of the missile early warning system was also made,” Borisov added.

Borei-class strategic nuclear-powered submarine Yuri Dolgoruky test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile Bulava at firing range Kura on the Kamchatka Peninsula from the Barents Sea on October 29. The Borei-class submarine cruiser had the full set of 16 missiles on board for the first time, the press service of Russian Defence Ministry told TASS earlier. The test-launch was made from the underwater position. Parameters of the ICBM Bulava flight trajectory were practiced in normal mode.

Borei-class head missile carrier Yuri Dolgoruky was handed over to Russian Navy in early 2013. Each submarine of this class can carry 16 ICBMs Bulava with multiple warheads and a fire range depending on its configuration can reach 11 thousand kilometres. Borei-class submarines armed with ICBMs Bulava are expected to make backbones of Russian marine strategic nuclear forces before 2025 to 2030.

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