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Title: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on September 15, 2009, 07:35:06 pm
15.09.2009.

Solomonov to keep working on Bulava development - Roscosmos

MOSCOW, September 15 (RIA Novosti) - The former head of the research institute that designed the Bulava and Topol-M ballistic missiles will most likely retain his post as general designer, the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday.

Yury Solomonov occupied the posts of general director and general designer of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT) before quitting in July after a series of unsuccessful Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) tests.

"I am certain that Yury Solomonov will keep his post as general designer of the Bulava and Topol-M missiles. We have told the new leadership of the institute to focus on work rather than on cadre reshuffling," Anatoly Perminov, the head of Roscosmos, told a news conference in Moscow.

A special selection commission elected on Monday Sergei Nikulin, the head of the Moscow-based mechanical engineering plant Vympel, as the winner of the contest to fill the position of the MITT general director. His appointment is pending upon approval by Roscosmos.

Perminov said the MITT, which successfully developed the Topol-M land-based intercontinental ballistic missile, will continue work on the development of the Bulava SLBM.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM has suffered six failures in 11 tests. Although the results of a probe into the failures have not been announced, experts have so far blamed the poor quality of missile components provided by a large number of sub-contractors as the main cause of the unsuccessful tests.

The missile carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has an estimated range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage solid-propellant ballistic missile is designed for deployment on new Borey class nuclear-powered strategic submarines.

Russia's top brass expects the Bulava, along with Topol-M land-based ballistic missiles, to become the core of Russia's nuclear triad.


Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on October 14, 2009, 09:08:00 pm
14.10.2009.

Further tests of Bulava missile delayed until end of Oct.

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MOSCOW, October 14 (RIA Novosti) - The next test-launch of Russia's Bulava missile, scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed until at least the end of October, a defense industry source said on Wednesday.

He said the decision to delay the test-launch of the submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) was due to the fact that a probe into the causes behind a previous failed test was not yet over.

The Russian military expects the Bulava, along with Topol-M land-based ballistic missiles, to become the core of Russia's nuclear triad.

However, the Bulava's development has been dogged by a series of setbacks, which has officially suffered six failures in 11 tests.

But some analysts suggest that in reality the number of failures has been considerably greater. For example, according to Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer, of the Bulava's 11 test launches, only one was entirely successful.

The future development of the Bulava has been questioned by some lawmakers and defense industry officials, who have suggested that all efforts should be focused on the existing Sineva SLBM.

But the Russian military has insisted that there is no alternative to the Bulava and pledged to continue testing the missile until it is ready to be put in service with the Navy.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage ballistic missile is designed for deployment on Borey-class nuclear-powered submarines.


Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Faulty steering system to blame for Bulava's latest flop
Post by: dexy on October 26, 2009, 06:58:10 pm
26.10.2009.

Faulty steering system to blame for Bulava's latest flop

MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - The latest failure of the Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) was caused by a defective steering system in its first stage, a defense industry source said on Monday.

The troubled Bulava was test-fired from the Dmitry Donskoi submarine in the North Sea on July 15, but self-destructed soon after launch.

The Russian military expects the Bulava, along with Topol-M land-based ballistic missiles, to become the core of Russia's nuclear triad.

However, the Bulava's development has been dogged by a series of setbacks, which has officially suffered six failures in 11 tests.

But some analysts suggest that in reality the number of failures has been considerably greater. According to Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer, of the Bulava's 11 test launches, only one was entirely successful.

The future development of the Bulava has been questioned by some lawmakers and defense industry officials, who have suggested that all efforts should be focused on the existing Sineva SLBM.

But the Russian military has insisted that there is no alternative to the Bulava and pledged to continue testing the missile until it is ready to be put in service with the Navy.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage ballistic missile is designed for deployment on Borey-class nuclear-powered submarines.


Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on October 29, 2009, 04:12:46 am
28.10.2009.

Dmitry Donskoy submarine prepares for future Bulava missile tests

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MOSCOW, October 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Dmitry Donskoy strategic nuclear-powered submarine returned on Wednesday from a short sea test run to prepare for upcoming test launches of the troubled Bulava missile.

"The sub left the base in Severodvinsk on Monday to test the readiness of the equipment for future launches of the Bulava missile," a Severodvinsk administration official said, without specifying the date for the next test of the missile.

The Typhoon-class submarine, based at a naval facility in northern Russia's Severodvinsk, is the only vessel in service with the Russian Navy capable of testing the new Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The Russian military expects the Bulava, along with Topol-M land-based ballistic missiles, to become the core of Russia's nuclear triad.

However, the Bulava's development has been dogged by a series of setbacks, which has officially suffered six failures in 11 tests.

The latest Bulava failure during the launch from Dmitry Donskoy in the North Sea on July 15 was caused by a defective steering system in its first stage, a defense industry source said on Monday.

The future development of the Bulava has been questioned by some lawmakers and defense industry officials, who have suggested that all efforts should be focused on the existing Sineva SLBM.

But the Russian military has insisted that there is no alternative to the Bulava and pledged to continue testing the missile until it is ready to be put in service with the Navy.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage solid-propellant ballistic missile is designed for deployment on Borey-class nuclear-powered submarines.


Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on November 02, 2009, 04:34:27 pm
02.11.2009.

Next Bulava missile test-launch slated for Nov. 24

MOSCOW, November 2 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's troubled Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) will be test-fired on November 24, a defense industry source said on Monday.

He said the submarine would be launched from the Dmitry Donskoi nuclear-powered submarine in the North Sea.

The Typhoon-class submarine, based at a naval facility in northern Russia's Severodvinsk, is the only vessel in service with the Russian Navy capable of testing the new missile.

The Bulava was last test-fired from the Dmitry Donskoi in the North Sea on July 15, but self-destructed soon after launch due to a defective steering system in its first stage.

The Russian military expects the Bulava, along with Topol-M land-based ballistic missiles, to become the core of Russia's nuclear triad.

However, the Bulava's development has been dogged by a series of setbacks, which has officially suffered six failures in 11 tests.

But some analysts suggest that in reality the number of failures has been considerably greater. According to Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer, of the Bulava's 11 test launches, only one was entirely successful.

The future development of the Bulava has been questioned by some lawmakers and defense industry officials, who have suggested that all efforts should be focused on the existing Sineva SLBM.

But the Russian military has insisted that there is no alternative to the Bulava and pledged to continue testing the missile until it is ready to be put in service with the Navy.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).


Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on November 24, 2009, 06:31:27 pm
24.11.2009.

Russia again postpones new Bulava tests

A new test launch of Russia's troubled Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) will be carried out by the end of 2009, a defense industry source said on Tuesday.

The launch was tentatively scheduled for November 24 but has been postponed for the second time since the latest failure in July.

"The Defense Ministry and the manufacturer still have a number of issues, including technical, to resolve before the Bulava can be tested again sometime by year's end," the source said.

The Bulava's development has been dogged by a series of setbacks and has officially suffered six failures in 11 tests so far.

The latest Bulava failure during the launch from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine in the North Sea was caused by a defective steering system in its first stage, according to military officials.

The future development of the Bulava has been questioned by some lawmakers and defense industry experts, who have suggested that all efforts should be focused on the existing Sineva SLBM.

But the Russian military has insisted that there is no alternative to the Bulava and pledged to continue testing the missile until it is ready to be put in service with the Navy.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage solid-propellant ballistic missile is designed for deployment on Borey class nuclear-powered submarines.

The Bulava, along with Topol-M land-based ballistic missiles, is expected to become the core of Russia's nuclear triad.


Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on December 10, 2009, 08:08:35 pm
10.12.2009.

Russia's latest Bulava missile test unsuccessful

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The latest test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile in the White Sea in northern Russia ended in failure, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

Wednesday's test was Bulava's seventh failure, according to official reports. Russia hopes the submarine-launched missile will be a key element of its nuclear forces.

"The first two stages functioned smoothly, but the flight faltered at the third stage. There was a technical failure in the third stage engines rendering them unstable," the ministry said in a statement.

The statement came after media reports on a mysterious light in the form of a spiral over Norway's northern areas several hundred kilometers from the launch site on Wednesday. Norwegian media suggested it could be a Russian missile spinning after a faulty launch.

Only five out of 12 Bulava launches have been reported successful. The previous failure occurred in July, when the missile self-destructed after its first stage malfunctioned. The latest launch had since been delayed several times.

But some analysts suggest that in reality the number of failures has been considerably greater. According to Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer, of the Bulava's 11 test launches, only one was entirely successful.

The future development of the Bulava has been questioned by some lawmakers and defense industry experts, who have suggested that all efforts should be focused on the existing Sineva SLBM.

But the military has insisted there is no alternative to the Bulava and pledged to continue testing the missile until it is ready to be put in service with the Navy.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage solid-propellant ballistic missile is designed for deployment on Borey class nuclear-powered submarines.

The Bulava, along with Topol-M land-based ballistic missiles, is expected to become the core of Russia's nuclear triad.


Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on January 12, 2010, 02:59:18 pm
12.01.2010.

Design flaw caused latest test failure of Bulava missile - source

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Investigators have established that the latest test failure of the troubled Bulava ballistic missile was caused by a design flaw, rather than a faulty component, a Russian defense industry source said Tuesday.

"An investigation commission established in December that a design flaw in the device which controls the separation of the third stage had caused the latest failure of the Bulava missile," the source said.

It is the first time the Russian industry officials admit that there are problems with the original design of the submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), which Russia hopes will be a key element of its nuclear forces.

The latest launch of the missile from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine in the White Sea ended in failure in early December 2009. Only five of 12 Bulava launches have been officially reported as being successful.

Earlier official statements cited a number of reasons for the failures of Bulava tests, including faulty components, attempts to replace specific materials with cheaper substitutes and obsolete manufacturing equipment.

The further development of the Bulava has been questioned by some lawmakers and defense industry experts, who have suggested that all efforts should be focused on the existing Sineva SLBM.

But the military has insisted there is no alternative to the Bulava and said the tests of the missile would continue until it is ready to enter service with the Russian Navy.

Another defense industry source said on Tuesday that Russia could increase the number of Bulava tests in 2010 starting in May-June, and "drastically change the approach to testing procedures."

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage liquid and solid-propellant ballistic missile is designed for deployment on Borey class nuclear-powered submarines.

MOSCOW, January 12 (RIA Novosti)


Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on March 19, 2010, 01:21:14 pm
19.03.2010.

Russia plans four test launches of Bulava missile in June

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The Russian Navy is planning to conduct at least four test launches of the Bulava ballistic missile at the end of June, a senior Navy official told RIA Novosti on Friday.

"Two Bulava launches will be carried out from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine, followed by two launches from the Yury Dolgoruky nuclear sub," the source said.

"The second test on the Yury Dolgoruky will be a salvo launch," he said.

The Yury Dolgoruky is the first of Russia's Borey class strategic nuclear submarines, which have been exclusively designed for the Bulava, and is currently undergoing sea trials.

The source said that if the tests are successful, both the submarine and the missile could be put into service with the Russian Navy by the end of 2010.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) is a three-stage liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). It carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).

The future development of Bulava has been questioned by some lawmakers and defense industry officials following a series of test failures. Only five of 12 Bulava test launches from the Dmitry Donskoy sub have been officially reported as being successful.

Some analysts suggest that in reality the number of failures was considerably larger, with Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer contending that of the Bulava's 12 test launches, only one was entirely successful.

But the military has insisted there is no alternative to the Bulava and said the tests of the missile would continue until it is ready to enter service with the Russian Navy.

MOSCOW, March 19

Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on May 21, 2010, 02:09:55 pm
21.05.2010.

Russia postpones Bulava missile tests until November

Russia has postponed test launches of the troubled Bulava ballistic missile until November this year, the Russian defense minister said on Friday.

The latest launch of the missile, which Russia hopes will be a key element of its nuclear forces, from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine in the White Sea ended in failure in early December 2009. Only five of 12 Bulava launches have been officially reported as being successful.

The Russian Navy earlier planned at least four new test launches of the missile at the end of June, but defense industry experts suggested they would need to build three missiles under identical conditions to establish the causes of the failures.

"We should be ready to resume the [Bulava] tests by November, I think," Anatoly Serdyukov said during talks in Italy, which involved the defense and foreign ministers of both countries.

Serdyukov said that the problems with the missile apparently originate from the faulty assembly process.

"It all comes from the poor quality of assembly. But each failed launch has experienced different problems," the minister said, adding that only the testing of three identical missiles would allow the experts to pinpoint the cause of failures.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) is a three-stage liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). It carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).

The missile has been specifically designed for Russia's new Borey class nuclear submarines.

The future development of Bulava has been questioned by some lawmakers and defense industry officials who suggest that the Russian Navy should keep using the more reliable Sineva SLBM.

The Russian military has insisted that there is no alternative to the Bulava and pledged to continue testing the missile until it is ready to be deployed with the Navy.

MOSCOW, May 21 (RIA Novosti)


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: jeanierga on July 07, 2010, 04:51:30 am
Launch of missiles was done if war has occurred.  In fact,the other country,has the advantage of having the source of nuclear weapons. If the missile testing will be continued, there was the assurance that it will work well, but what was the main purpose of Russian to have missile testing?


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: Boro Prodanic on July 07, 2010, 09:52:41 am
If the missile testing will be continued, there was the assurance that it will work well, but what was the main purpose of Russian to have missile testing?

@Jeanierga, I suppose that the main purpose of Russian endeavor to test Bulava as far as its works perfectly is the same as Americans`, Britains`, Chineses` and others purposes - to have new, modern missile.

Why should Russians stop with their missiles testing, while others do the same? To be weaker?


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on July 07, 2010, 01:26:57 pm
They actually need to replace obsolete missiles their navy currently uses. Those old missiles are at the end of life cycle, so in order to maintain strategic nuclear capabilities, there is obvious need for a new missile. Similar work is being done by other nuclear capable countries.   


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on July 30, 2010, 01:03:15 am
29.07.2010.

Russia to resume test launches of troubled Bulava missile Aug. 9-12


Test launches of Russia's ill-fated Bulava ballistic missile will resume between August 9 and 12, a defense industry source said on Thursday.

Test launches of Russia's ill-fated Bulava ballistic missile will resume between August 9 and 12, a defense industry source said on Thursday.

"Preparations for the next test launch have been made. If the launch is a success, tests will be conducted more often," the source said, adding that at least three launches would be conducted before the end of the year.

A source close to the government commission probing the incident said last Friday the failure of the Bulava's latest test launch, from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine in the White Sea on December 9, 2009, was caused by a defective engine nozzle.

After this, all further Bulava test launches were put on hold pending the results of a government investigation.

The source said it was not a design but a manufacturing fault.

"It was simply that the missile wasn't built right," he said.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30), a three-stage liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), has officially suffered seven failures in 12 tests.

Some analysts suggest that in reality the number of failures is considerably larger. Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer says only one of the 12 launches has been an outright success.

The future development of the Bulava has been questioned by several lawmakers and defense industry officials, who suggest that all efforts should be focused on the existing Sineva SLBM.

However, that would require major changes to the Borey-class submarines. The Russian military has insisted that there is no alternative to the Bulava and pledged to continue testing the missile until it is ready to be put into service with the Navy.

MOSCOW, July 29

Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on August 16, 2010, 02:24:39 pm
16.08.2010.

Russia's Bulava missile tests postponed due to wildfires

MOSCOW, August 16 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has postponed the latest test launches of the ill-fated Bulava ballistic missile for at least two weeks due to raging wildfires in the central regions of the country, a Russian newspaper said Monday.

The tests were scheduled for August 9 -August 14, but wildfires threatened the work of the majority of companies involved in the production of components for the missile.

"These conditions do not facilitate serious work," Nezavisimaya Gazeta quoted the director of a Yekaterinburg-based company that manufactures guidance and control systems for Bulava as saying.

The manufacturers are more concerned about their survival at this point, the paper concluded.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30), a three-stage liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), has officially suffered seven failures in 12 tests.

A government commission probing the Bulava failures has concluded that the most recent failure of the Bulava's test launch, from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine in the White Sea on December 9, 2009, was caused by a defective engine nozzle.

The commission said the failure was not due to a design but a manufacturing fault, and has given the green light to further testing.

Areas affected by wildfires in Russia were reduced by some 8,000 hectares to 46,000 hectares over the past 24 hours, but many key industrial facilities remain in the danger zone.


Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on September 03, 2010, 01:51:32 pm
03.09.2010.

Russia to resume test launches of troubled Bulava missile Sept. 9-12

Test launches of Russia's Bulava ballistic missile will resume between September 9 and 12, a defense industry source said on Friday.

Test launches of Russia's Bulava ballistic missile will resume between September 9 and 12, a defense industry source said on Friday.

"Everything is ready for the resumption of test launches," the source said. "I do not think there will be any postponement this time."

Bulava test launches were put on hold after a failed launch, from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine in the White Sea on December 9, 2009, which was caused by a defective engine nozzle.

The source also said if the launch is successful, at least another three test launched will be conducted before the end of the year.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30), a three-stage liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), has officially suffered seven failures in 12 tests.

But some analysts suggest that in reality the number of failures was considerably larger, with Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer suggesting that of the Bulava's 12 test launches, only one was entirely successful.

MOSCOW, September 3

Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on September 22, 2010, 08:16:47 pm
22.09.2010.

Test-launches of Russia's troubled Bulava missile delayed again

Test launches of Russia's ill-fated Bulava ballistic missile will resume "soon," but not in September as previously announced, General Staff Chief Nikolai Makarov said on Wednesday.

Test launches of Russia's ill-fated Bulava ballistic missile will resume "soon," but not in September as previously announced, General Staff Chief Nikolai Makarov said on Wednesday.

Defense Minister Sergei Serdyukov said two weeks ago that the test launches would resume in the second half of September.

The Bulava test launches were put on hold after a failed launch, from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine in the White Sea on December 9, 2009, which was caused by a defective engine nozzle.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30), a three-stage liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), has officially suffered seven failures in 12 tests.

But some analysts suggest that in reality the number of failures is considerably larger, with Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer suggesting that of the Bulava's 12 test launches, only one was entirely successful.

 

RAMENSKOYE (Moscow Region), September 22

Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on October 07, 2010, 04:01:38 pm
07.10.2010.

Russia's Bulava missile hits target in test
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20101007/160865732.html
12:59 07/10/2010

A test warhead from a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile successfully hit its target on the Kura test range in Russia's Far East Kamchatka region, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

The missile was fired from the Dmitry Donskoy submarine in the White Sea.

Bulava test launches were put on hold after a failed launch on December 9, 2009, which was caused by a defective engine nozzle.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30), a three-stage liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), has officially suffered seven failures in 13 tests.


MOSCOW, October 7 (RIA Novosti)
Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on October 29, 2010, 12:01:08 am
29.10.2010.

Russia prepares for another test launch of Bulava ballistic missile

Russia will hold on Friday another test launch of a Bulava ballistic missile from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear-powered submarine.

Russia will hold on Friday another test launch of a Bulava ballistic missile from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear-powered submarine.

This will be the 14th test launch of the missile. Over half of the previous test launches of the submarine-based missile failed so far.

The latest successful test launch was held on October 7 from the Dmitry Donskoy submarine in the White Sea. The warhead hit its target on the Kura test range in Russia's Far East Kamchatka region.

Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin said earlier in the week that the ballistic missile would enter service only when it is 98-99% efficient.

The Russian military expects the Bulava, along with Topol-M land-based ballistic missiles, to become the core of Russia's nuclear triad.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage ballistic missile is designed for deployment on Borey-class nuclear-powered submarines.

 
MOSCOW, October 29

Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on October 29, 2010, 11:31:15 am
29.10.2010.

Russia carries out another successful test launch of Bulava missile

A test warhead from a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile successfully hit its target on the Kura test range in Russia's Far East Kamchatka region.

A test warhead from a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile successfully hit its target on the Kura test range in Russia's Far East Kamchatka region, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.

The missile was fired from underwater from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear-powered submarine in the White Sea at 5:10 Moscow time (1:10 GMT).

This was the 14th test launch of the Russian ballistic missile. Seven of the previous test launches failed due to various technical reasons.

The previous test launch of the Bulava ballistic missile was carried out on October 7 and was also successful.

The Russian military expects the Bulava, along with Topol-M land-based ballistic missiles, to become the core of Russia's nuclear triad.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage ballistic missile is designed for deployment on Borey-class nuclear-powered submarines.

MOSCOW, October 29

Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on October 28, 2011, 01:47:18 pm
28.10.2011.

Russian submarine test-fires Bulava missile successfully

The Russian Navy successfully test-fired an experimental Bulava (SS-N-X-30) intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday from its Yury Dolgoruky submarine in the White Sea, the Defense Ministry said.

The Russian Navy successfully test-fired an experimental Bulava (SS-N-X-30) intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday from its Yury Dolgoruky submarine in the White Sea, the Defense Ministry said.

“Today as part of the state trials program, a successful routine test took place of a Bulava ICBM from the Yury Dolgoruky submarine,” the Navy said.

The missile, the third Bulava launched this year and seventeenth overall, hit a target on the Kura test range in Kamchatka in the Russian Far East.

“The missile’s flight took place as planned. The missile’s payload hit the range on time," the Defense Ministry said.

Bulava has had a troubled test and development, and only nine of the test firings so far have been declared fully successful.


Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on February 19, 2012, 04:08:40 pm
18.02.2012.

General Explains Human Factor in Failed Bulava Launches


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Unsuccessful launches of Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile happened due to human factor and were the result of unprofessional work of certain people, Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov said on Saturday.

Trials of Bulava began in 2004, six of the 18 full-scale Bulava trials failed. A series of successful launches began in October 2010.

"You know that there were several unsuccessful launches of Bulava. We stopped the trials, we carefully worked through the reasons of failures and to a greater extent it was a human factor, where a person did his work unprofessionally. You know, as there was no special control he did it "somehow" this was the main factor,” Makarov said in an interview with radio station Echo of Moscow.

At the same time Chief of the Russian General Staff said that the military men initially did not understand what the problem was, as in different four launches there were discovered four unrelated problems.

"We realized that the technical solution itself was correct and we appointed a military officer who oversaw every process and after that all the launches were successful," general said.

On December 23, the strategic submarine Yury Dolgoruky launched two Bulava missiles. The Defense Ministry said that the launch was successful and it will now be adopted for service with the Russian Navy.


Source: RIA Novosti


Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on February 19, 2012, 04:11:08 pm
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Title: Re: Bulava missile thread
Post by: dexy on June 26, 2012, 09:17:29 pm
Bulava 'De Facto' Enters Service – Navy Chief
http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20120625/174237676.html
20:04 25/06/2012
The Bulava sea-based ballistic missile has de facto entered service, Navy chief Vice Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Monday.

The Bulava sea-based ballistic missile has de facto entered service, Navy chief Vice Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Monday.

“The Bulava missile has de facto been adopted for service with the Navy and the de jure paperwork is being completed,” Chirkov said.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM, developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (since 1998), carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage ballistic missile is designed for deployment on Borey-class nuclear submarines.

Only 11 of 18 or 19 test launches of the troubled Bulava have been officially declared successful.

However, some analysts suggest that in reality the number of failures is considerably higher. Despite several previous failures officially blamed on manufacturing faults, the Russian military has insisted that there is no alternative to the Bulava.

Last week the St. Petersburg City Court sentenced two university professors to long prison terms for selling military secrets to China, including data on the Bulava missile system.

Source: RIA Novosti