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No plans to postpone Bulava ballistic missile test launch — Russian Defense Ministry

November 11, 2014, 15:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile will be launched from the submarine until the end of this year

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Yuri Dolgoruky Borei-class nuclear submarine

Yuri Dolgoruky Borei-class nuclear submarine

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MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry rejected on Tuesday media reports that the test launch of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile planned until year-end has been postponed.

“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.

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