Russia to continue testing Bulava missiles
Russia is to restart tests of the troublesome intercontinental ballistic missile Bulava in August or September, a top Navy official said Friday.
The missile will be test-launched from nuclear submarine Dmitry Donskoi. If the test is successful, three more launches will be made by the end of the year, including one from another submarine, the Yuri Dolgoruki, the official said, Xinhua reported.
Bulava is designed as a principal Russian strategic missile for sea deployment. So far, only five out of 12 tests have been successful.
The latest test, in December 2009, failed due to a defective engine nozzle, the RIA Novosti news agency reported citing a government source.
Since then, further test-launches were suspended until a government commission decided in June that tests could proceed after probing the failed launches.
Bulava, with a range of 8,000 km, carries multiple warheads with a yield of 150 kilotons each.