“Media reports of alleged decision to put off the planned test launch of the sea-based Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile until autumn 2015 are untrue,” the ministry’s official spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
The missile will be launched from a submarine until the end of this year, he stressed. The spokesman added that in line with the plan for 2015, two launches of sea-based Bulava are to be conducted.The Yuri Dolgoruky Borei-class strategic nuclear-powered submarine 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 Defense Ministry told TASS. The test-launch was made from the submerged position.
Borei-class submarines armed with ICBMs Bulava are expected to make backbones of Russian marine strategic nuclear forces before 2025 to 2030.
After an abortive test-firing in September 2013, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu ordered to make at least five additional test launches of Bulava.