Yesterday’s launch from the Barents Sea was special in two ways, according to the Ministry of Defense. Firstly, this was the first operational test launch of Bulava in line with the program of combat training. All previous launches were part of development testing of the new weapon. Secondly, this was the first time a Borey submarine had a full set of missiles on board when the launch was conducted.
“Yury Dolgoruky” can carry 16 Bulava missiles, which each can carry ten nuclear warheads. The vessel was taken into service in the Northern Fleet in January 2013.
The Launch, which was conducted from submerged position in the Barents Sea, was successful, and the missile hit its target on the Kura test site on Kamchatka.