Bulava ICBM tests proceed normally – source

MOSCOW, August 21 (Itar-Tass) —— A source in the state commission supervising test launches of the Bulava naval-based intercontinental ballistic missile has denied media reports claiming an abortive launch.

“The test firing of Bulava missiles proceeds normally,” the source said.

“The state commission sets the time and date of every test launch,” he told Itar-Tass.

“The Yuri Dolgoruky submarine is on standby; it makes regular voyages in compliance with the plan of trials. The submarine performs various tasks, including tests of its elements and systems,” he said.

“Not every voyage includes test firing. We plan a number of single Bulava test launches from the carrier. When these launches are done, a decision on the salvo launch will be made,” he said.

“Two or more missiles are fired in a salvo, which is a part of the plan of state tests,” the source said.

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