ST. PETERSBURG, July 1. /TASS/. Russia will conduct several launches of Bulava ballistic missiles by the end of this year, a source at the Navy's general staff told TASS on Wednesday.
"Several launches are being planned by the end of the year," the source said.
He did not mention which Borey-class submarine would conduct the upcoming launches.
The Borey-class ballistic-missile submarines are to become the backbone of the Russian Navy's strategic nuclear deterrent for the next few decades. Eight such submarines are expected to be built up to 2020, and three of them have been already handed over to the Navy. The vessels will be armed with up to 16 Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missiles, which have range of over 8,000 kilometers.
The previous Bulava launch was conducted in late November 2014 from the Alexander Nevsky Borey-class submarine.