Ready for another Bulava test launch

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Test-launch of a Bulava missile from the White Sea.

“Yury Dolgoruky”, Russia’s first fourth-generation strategic submarine, is ready to test-launch another Bulava missile this weekend.


The next test launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Bulava will take place on Saturday August 27, reports. This will be the second time a missile is fired from the Russian fleet’s newest and most advanced submarine, the “Yury Dolgoruky”.

Sevmash shipyard, where “Yury Dolgoruky” was built, has officially denied that the submarine aborted test firings because of technical malfunctions when the submarine suddenly returned to base after a mission to the White Sea last Saturday. The submarine was merely conducting different tests out at sea and returned to base as planned, Rossiyskaya Gazeta writes.

Yury Dolgoruky” conducted its first test launch of the Bulava missile on June 28. The launch was a success, with the missile hitting its target on a test ground on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East. This event had been awaited with major excitement both in Russia and abroad. Of the former 15 test launches of the missile, as many as seven have failed. All the tests had so far been carried out from the “Dmitri Donskoy” - a Typhoon-class submarine rebuilt into a test-platform for the Bulava-missile.

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