Russian Navy: Bulava missile reliability is no doubt (Kremlin)
There is no reason to question the reliability of the intercontinental ballistic missile Bulava submarine-based, said Thursday Sergei Ivanov, head of the administration of Russian President visiting Severomorsk (northern Russia). "The naval forces of the country have no reason to doubt the reliability of solid propellant missile," said Mr. Ivanov to a question by a journalist. Begun in 2004, tests of the Bulava has had its ups and low, so that the fate of the missile was one of the topics most discussed by Russian military experts. Thus, of the 18 launches from the submarine Yury Dolgoruky , 11 were successful. The greatest success was achieved in 2011: all four tests of the missile went off without a hitch. End of 2011, the Bulava was deemed fit to enter service. Nevertheless, it took another 12 months to develop the Russian Navy. missile The first Russian sea-based solid propellant and its carrier, the nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky, was presented Thursday to the Russian Navy. Over the next 30 to 40 years, submarine and other vessels Borei class will be the backbone of the naval component of the Russian strategic nuclear forces.