Russia Plans New Bulava Missile Test

Posted: June 16, 2010 in Bulava, Duma, New START, Russia
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The test will be in the third quarter of 2010 following a failure in December 2009.

The Duma may be disinclined to ratify the new START if weapon system reliability isn’t improved for the up-to-10-warhead, sea-launched Bulava missile.

Five successes in twelve attempts would hardly inspire confidence in the Russian nuclear deterrent force…and that’s just for the missile.  Who knows about the warhead, RV, supporting components, and infrastructure.

  1. Tim says:

    The photo is of a D-5 Trident missile, This particular photo was from the test launch of the D-5 done by USS Tennessee SSBN-734. The SS-NX-30 russian missile is checkered black and white.
    Below is a link to the photo of the SSBN-734 launch of the D-5.

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