On Wednesday, July 27, a nuclear missile submarine "Yekaterinburg" of the North Sea Fleet under the command of Captain 1st Rank Igor Stepanenko conducted a successful underwater launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) sea-based "Blue," from the Barents Sea at the Kura test site (Kamchatka Peninsula).
According to the Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Igor Konashenkova, missile launch was carried out in accordance with the plan of checking the condition and reliability of the naval strategic nuclear forces. Missile warheads arrived to the site in due time. This launch was the third in 2011, all starts to be successful and confirmed the reliability and efficiency of ballistic missiles, "The blue".
RSM-54 "Blue," (NATO — SS-N-23 Skiff) — a three-stage liquid intercontinental ballistic missile is the primary sea-based weapons with 2007 third-generation submarines. It is used as part of the D-9RMU2 installed at strategic submarine cruisers pr.667 (BDRM) "Dolphin".
With a total (head) Weight 40.3 (2.8) T missile range up to 10,000 km. The missile may be at depths up to 55 m at a speed of 6-7 knots in any direction relative to the rate of movement of the ship. The deviation of the head portion of the target is about 500 meters ICBM "Blue," has increased security from the effects of electromagnetic pulse and has an effective missile defense penetration aids.
Depending on the modification can have 4 or 10 independently targetable warheads of 100 kilotons. Also available with high-explosive fragmentation warhead with the mass of the explosive about 2 tons or low-yield nuclear warheads (up to 50 tons of TNT) for pinpoint strikes.
According energomassovym indicators ICBM "Blue," is considered the best in the world. In the peaceful uses civil modification — rocket "Calm 1" for launching a payload of 100 kg.
Meanwhile, on July 27 in California ended in failure test an intercontinental ballistic missile Minuteman III.
According to the press service of the U.S. Air Force, in the sixth minute test experts found that the missile flies in violation of the specified parameters. In order to avoid the consequences of a missile shot down over the Pacific Ocean, near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
It is worth noting that the last time it was the second launch of Minuteman, which ended in failure. In June, a rocket could not run with the command from the aircraft and in the end it had to start with the backup command from the ground.