The planned November 28 tests of The Bulava ballistic missile have been scrapped, and will be moved on to a later date. The Yury Dolgoruky “Borei” Project 955 Class nuclear submarine, the first Russian submarine built since the collapse of the Soviet Union, was slated to launch a salvo of Bulava missiles, but unfavorable weather conditions forced the Russian military to postpone these tests.
Developed in the late 1990’s, the RSM-56 Bulava is a missile similar to the land-based Topol-M, and is designed to arm Russia’s latest ballistic missile submarine, the Borei Class. The project initially ran into a series of failures during test launches, but the last few tests have gone smoothly and the Russian military insists on continuing the project rather than re-designing the Borei Class submarines to use the older R-29RMU Sineva ballistic missiles, which are already in use on Delta-4 submarines. This would have been the 18th test launch of the missile, and the 4th for this year alone. The Bulava is the most expensive Russian military project today.