Navy Northern Fleet SSBN Submarines to Test Launch Bulava ICBMs Twice
The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 955 Borei-class nuclear-powered
submarines are planned to perform a multiple launch of two Bulava intercontinental
ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in 2016, a source in the defense and industrial
sector told TASS on Friday.
Monomakh is the third Borei class (Project 955) strategic ballistic
missile submarine of the Russian Navy. Picture: Rubin Central Design
Bureau for Marine Engineering
Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles will be launched towards
the Kura training range in Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East, the
source added. "It has not been decided yet when a multiple
launch of Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles will be performed
and which submarine will be used," the source said.
"The launch is likely to be performed from the Barents Sea
in the first half of the year. Either the submarine Yuri Dolgoruky,
or the submarine Vladimir Monomakh will launch the missiles,"
the source added. According to the source, a decision on the submarine
will be made depending on "the fleet’s combat training
program and the submarine’s technical readiness."
A multiple launch of two Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles
was last performed by the nuclear-powered submarine Vladimir Monomakh
on November 14, 2015. The Russian Defense Ministry said at the time
that "the reentry vehicles have successfully reached the Kura
training range in Kamchatka."
The Project 955 nuclear-powered submarine is armed with the advanced
R-30 Bulava missile system with a flight range of more than 8,000 kilometers
(4,971 miles). The system is furnished with multiple individually-targeted
reentry vehicles. Each Project 955 nuclear-powered submarine can carry
16 solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missiles.