At last, one of Russia’s most troubled and expensive projects has reached fruition. Despite countless failures, the Russian Ministry Of Defense insisted that the Bulava is the only optimal choice for equipping Russia’s fleet of current and future strategic submarines. At the Kura test range in Kamchatka, the Yury Dolgoruky “Borei” Project 955 Class nuclear submarine successfully launched two Bulava ICBM’s, becoming the 18th and 19th test launches, respectively.
The Bulava has a range of 8,000 km and can carry 10 MIRV warheads, making it extremely hard to intercept. Following the successful tests, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev stated that cycle of testing for the Bulava missile has been completed and that it will now enter service. The first three Borei class submarines will all be equipped with the Bulava missile, with each vessel carrying 16 missiles. Newer submarines will be able to carry 20 missiles.