New ballistic missile launched from Russian Typhoon nuclear sub

Publish date: December 21, 2005

The Russian strategic nuclear submarine Dmitry Donskoy launched the new Bulava ballistic missile in the White Sea today.

The missile hit a target at the Kura firing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula, the Russian Navy’s Captain Igor Dygalo told Ekho Moskvy radio. “This was the first underwater launch of a Bulava missile and the second launch conducted as part of a series of tests of the missile,” he said.

The Dmitry Donskoy, a Typhoon class ballistic missile submarine, carried out the first test surface launch of a Bulava missile from a point in the White Sea on Sept. 27, 2005. The Bulava (SS-NX-30) is the submarine-launched version of Russia’s most advanced missile, the Topol-M (SS-27) solid fuel ICBM.
The seaborne strategic missile system Bulava can carry at least 10 independently targetable nuclear warheads. Its effective radius is at least 8,000 kilometers.

Bulava was designed to arm advanced nuclear submarines (project 955; Borey type). Two of them are currently constructed at the North Dvina Engineering Works. "We are fairly certain that the Bulava missile system, and a new submarine to be equipped with it, will be deployed by our navy in 2008," the Russian defense minister Sergei Ivanov said.