Russian 1st Borey Class Submarine To Get Bulava Ballistic Missiles

A missile production plant in southern Siberia has produced enough
Bulava ballistic missiles to complete its tests and arm the first Borey
class strategic submarine, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said on
Monday.

“A batch of missiles sufficient to finish the tests and equip one
submarine has been produced already. Larger production would cause the
missiles to stock up,” Ivanov said after a meeting of defense industry
officials in the southern Siberian republic of Udmurtia.

 The Bulava (SS-NX-30) submarine-launched ballistic missile carries up to
10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000
miles).

Despite several previous failures, officially blamed on manufacturing
defaults, the Russian military has insisted that there is no alternative
to the Bulava and pledged to continue testing the missile until it is
ready for service with the Navy.

Russia is planning to conduct at least four Bulava test launches this
year and deploy it on the new Borey class strategic submarines.

The tests launches will most likely be conducted from the Yury Dolgoruky.

The Yury Dolgoruky, which has recently completed sea trials in the White
Sea, is expected to enter service with the Russian Navy in the near
future, pending the outcome of the Bulava testing.

Three other Borey class nuclear submarines, the Alexander Nevsky, the
Vladimir Monomakh, and Svyatitel Nikolai (St. Nicholas) are in different
stages of completion. Russia is planning to build eight of these subs
by 2015.