Thursday, August 17, 2017

Russian navy to resume testing in Bulava missile program

The Russian navy recently announced its plans to resume test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) as early as summer as part of its sea-based Bulava program.

"First, after last year's failure start, Bulava will be made tentatively in September," a Russian defense industry source said, according to Ekburg.ru. "It is unclear to what will be done missile ICBM."

The Bulava program was started in 2004 and has launched 19 rockets to date. Eight of Bulava's tests were considered successful before the program was put on hiatus in 2008. The Bulava program was resumed in September 2013, but last year's tests were considered failures.

In the newest round of testing, Russian submarine cruisers will be outfitted with D-30 ballistic missile launchers to test the feasibility of intercontinental ballistic missile launches from both underwater and sea-level. Preliminary testing will begin this summer, with full testing expected to resume in the fall, Ekburg.ru reports.