From the nuclear submarine “Vladimir Monomakh” it successfully fired the launch of two missiles “Bulava”

С АПЛ «Владимир Мономах» успешно произвели запуск сразу двух ракет «Булава» (видео) 


Strategic Missile submarine of the Northern Fleet  “Vladimir Monomakh” made a successful salvo firing two intercontinental ballistic missiles “Bulava” from the White Sea at the Kura test site in Kamchatka

Russia Test-Launches Bulava Sea-Based Ballistic Missile

Launch of a Bulava SLBM

According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, this year’s third launch of the Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile from the Borey-class Alexander Nevsky nuclear submarine took place on Friday.


MOSCOW, November 28 (Sputnik) — Russia successfully test-fired on Friday a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from its Borey-class Alexander Nevsky nuclear-powered submarine, the Defense Ministry said.The missile was launched from a designated location the Barents Sea and hit a selected target at the Kura test range on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, the ministry said in a statement.

The three-stage Bulava SLBM carries up to 10 independent warheads and has a range of 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).

ICBM Bulava test-launch from nuclear submarine maximum close to normal operation

The system operated perfectly, all parameters were confirmed, and the warhead hit the pre-calculated area, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov says

Nuclear submarine Yuriy Dolgoruky

Nuclear submarine Yuriy Dolgoruky

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MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. The test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Bulava from nuclear submarine Yuriy Dolgoruky was maximally close to normal operation. The Bulava test-firing also checked a missile early warning system, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov told reporters on Thursday.

“The system operated perfectly. All parameters were confirmed. The warhead hit the pre-calculated area,” he noted.

“Pechersky early missile warning station has detected the target timely. Therefore, the complex check of the missile early warning system was also made,” Borisov added.

Russia Successfully Test-Fires Bulava SLBM

Russia has successfully test-fired a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from its Borey-class Vladimir Monomakh nuclear-powered submarine.


MOSCOW, September 10 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has successfully test-fired a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from its Borey-class Vladimir Monomakh nuclear-powered submarine, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The missile was launched from a location off northwest Russia’s White Sea and hit a designated target at the Kura test range on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula.

The missile – developed specifically for the new Borey-class – has suffered a string of failures in past tests.

The Borey class, the Russian Navy’s first post-Soviet ballistic missile submarine design, will form the backbone of the fleet’s strategic nuclear deterrent force after older boats are retired by 2018. Russia expects eight of the boats to enter service by 2020.

First Borey-Class Strategic Sub Ready for Combat Patrols – Russian Navy

First Borey-Class Strategic Sub Ready for Combat Patrols - Russian Navy

GADZHIYEVO (Murmansk region), April 16 (RIA Novosti) – The first Borey-class ballistic missile submarine could be put on combat duty this year after taking weaponry on board, a senior Russian Navy commander said Wednesday.

“Upon receiving new weapons on board this year, the Yury Dolgoruky submarine will be ready to perform its duties,” said Rear Admiral Alexander Moiseev, commander of the submarine forces of the Northern Fleet.

The Yury Dolgoruky joined the Northern Fleet in January 2013 while the second Borey-class boat, the Alexander Nevsky, was commissioned by the Navy in December last year.

The third boat, the Vladimir Monomakh, is undergoing sea and state trials, and the fourth Borey-class submarine, the Knyaz Vladimir, has been under construction at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia since July 2012.

The Borey is Russia’s first post-Soviet ballistic missile submarine class and will form the mainstay of the strategic submarine fleet, replacing aging Typhoon, Delta-3 and Delta-4 class boats. Russia expects eight Borey-class submarines to enter service by 2020.

The new Borey-class boats, with a length of nearly two football fields, can carry sixteen Bulava missiles, each fitted with up to 10 independently-targetable nuclear warheads.

Ballistic missile submarines comprise one leg of Russia’s strategic nuclear triad along with land-based ICBMs and the bomber force.

Russia Plans Rail-Mounted Missiles to Counter US Global Strike Program

Russia Plans Rail-Mounted Missiles to Counter US Global Strike Program

MOSCOW, December 18 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will draft a plan in the coming year to deploy rail-mounted nuclear missiles as a potential response to the United States’ Prompt Global Strike program, the commander of its Strategic Missile Force said on Wednesday.

“A Defense Ministry report has been submitted to the president and the order has been given to develop a preliminary design of a rail-mounted missile system,” Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakaev said.

The work will be carried out by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology – the developer of the submarine-launched Bulava nuclear missile – in the first half of next year.

Karakaev added that defense officials, after analyzing the American system, concluded “there is a need to reconsider the issue of a rail-mounted missile system given its increased survivability and the extent of our railway network.”

The rail weapons plan appears to be a response to a US program known as Prompt Global Strike that includes development of long-range missiles with conventional explosives in place of nuclear warheads. The United States says the program would increase the options available in responding to high-priority threats around the globe. A high-speed, high-altitude drone has also been considered as part of the program.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, a week ago called the program “the most important new strategy being developed by the United States today” and warned that American leaders “must bear in mind, that if we are attacked, in certain circumstances we will of course respond with nuclear weapons.”

Rogozin has recently championed Russian efforts to develop hypersonic air-launched weapons as a counterpart to similar US developments likely to be part of Prompt Global Strike.

The US abandoned plans for a rapid global strike capability under President George W. Bush over concerns that the weapons risked triggering an accidental nuclear war.

Unlike silo-based nuclear missiles, the location of rail-mounted missiles can be kept hidden and camouflaged amidst commercial rail traffic. The last of the Soviet-era SS-24 Scalpel rail-based nuclear missiles was decommissioned in 2005.

Russia insists that long-range missiles with conventional warheads must count towards the quota of nuclear delivery systems imposed by the New START treaty signed by Russia and the United States in 2011.

New START does not prohibit the development of rail-based missiles

Russian Nuclear Subs’ Entry Into Service Expected in 2014

Russian Nuclear Subs' Entry Into Service Expected in 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, November 28 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian navy will take delivery of two Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines in 2014, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

Naval officials had announced as recently as September that both craft, which are being phased in to replace the Pacific Fleet’s obsolescent Project 667 submarines, were due to enter into service by this year.

“The Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh nuclear-powered strategic submarines will be commissioned by the navy in 2014,” a ministry spokesman said.

The Alexander Nevsky, the second boat in the Borey series, was expected to join the navy this year, but recent sea trials and inspections reportedly revealed several flaws that needed to be fixed, delaying acceptance until the beginning of next year.

The spokesman said the preparation of the Alexander Nevsky for commissioning had already started.

The Vladimir Monomakh was floated out last December and has been undergoing a series of sea trials since June.

The boat will pass a series of inspections by a state acceptance commission in December to be handed over to the navy next year, the official said.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered a temporary suspension of the sea trials of the boats in September after a failed test of launch of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, which both craft will carry.

The trials were resumed in October, and the vessels will most likely be commissioned even without additional Bulava testing.

The first Borey-class submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, was commissioned into the Northern Fleet in January.

Borey-class ballistic-missile submarines are to become the mainstay of the Navy’s strategic nuclear deterrent, replacing the aging Project 941 (designated by NATO as Typhoon-class) and Project 667 (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats.

A total of eight Borey-class boats armed with Bulava ballistic missiles are to be built for the Russian navy by 2020.