Submarine Alexander Nevsky to test-fire Bulava ICBM in September
Russia's strategic missile carrying nuclear submarine Alexander Nevsky, Project 955 Borei, is expected to test-fire a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the second half of September, a Russian Navy spokesman told Interfax-AVN on Friday.
"During the final stage of its state-commissioned trials, the nuclear submarine Alexander Nevsky in submerged position will conduct practical work with a Bulava missile in the second half of September," he said.
On orders from the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, the submarine will test-fire one Bulava missile using its new automatic missile launch control system, he said.
"If this missile launch is successful, the submarine will return to the Sevmash [enterprise], where it will undergo an inventory, after which representatives of the Navy's Central Command will sign the acceptance act for the ship. We hope that a naval flag will be raised on the [Alexander] Nevsky on November 15," the spokesman said.
The September event will not be a test-launch, he said.
"All of the Bulava-related issues have been sorted out. The missile has been tested and has been transferred to the Navy. The industry will not be directly involved in its fire tests," he said.
Bulava R30 3M30 (RSM-56 in international treaties and SS-NX-30 by NATO classification) is Russia's most advanced three-stage solid-fuel missile intended for use by the strategic missile carrying nuclear submarines of Project Borei.
One Bulava missile is able to carry up to ten independently targetable reentry vehicle warheads with a range of up to 8,000 kilometers.
Bulava missiles will form the core of the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces for the period up to 2040-2045.