Bulava Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Enters Service With Russian Navy: Media

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Bulava Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Enters Service With Russian Navy: Media

Courtesy of Northern Fleet press service

The Russian state-run news agency TASS reports (source):

The D-30 missile system including R-30 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, has been accepted for service by the Russian Navy following successful tests, a source in the Russian military-industrial complex told TASS.

“The verification firing program, set by the military department, has been fully and successfully accomplished, the reliability of the Bulava has been proved, which removed all obstacles for the missile to be taken into service. The corresponding decision has been made, the necessary documents have been signed, ” the source said

TASS does not have an official confirmation of this information.

The R-30 Bulava (NATO reporting name: SS-NX-30) is a Russian sea-based intercontinental ballistic missile making part of the D-30 launch system. It is designed as armament for Project 09550, 09551 and 09552 Borei and Borei-M strategic missile-carrying underwater cruisers. The Bulava ICBM was developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology Corporation). The project’s chief designers were Yuri Solomonov (until September 2010) and Alexander Sukhodolsky.

According to various media data, the Bulava ICBM is a three-stage solid-propellant missile carrying six independently targetable warheads.

Since 2005, about 30 test launches of the R-30 missile were carried out and about a third of them were accompanied by various technical problems. The last launch took place on May 22, 2018, when K-535 Yuri Dolgoruky submarine performed a successful salvo launch of four Bulava (SS-NX-32) intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) from the White Sea. The Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) went into service in Russia on January 10, 2013.

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  • Kire Stojanovski

    I don’t understand what does this mean: “it went into service in Russia in 2013, and it went into service in the Russian Navy in 2018”???