Two test launches of Bulava missile scheduled for 2011

MOSCOW, August 12 (Itar-Tass) — Russia plans to carry out two test launches of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, including a salvo launch, from the Yuri Dolgoruky strategic nuclear submarine before the end of the year, an official from the state commission for flight testing told Itar-Tass on Friday.

If the salvo launch proves successful, the D-30 missile complex (missile and submarine) will be put into service of the Russian Navy, the official said.

“The next, 16th test launch of one missile is scheduled for the last ten days of August and the salvo launch of two Bulava missiles – for autumn or even December,” the official said.

However, he did not rule out that in August the salvo launch of two missiles will take place without a test launch of one missile.

“What variant will be finally chosen will be known next week,” the official said.




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