The next, the 17th in a row, the launch of an intercontinental sea-based ballistic missile R-30 "Bulava" is scheduled for the second half of October 2011, reports "Interfax" referring to a source in the General Staff of the Russian Navy. As expected, the launch would be volley — with a short interval nuclear submarine "Yury Dolgoruky" Project 955 "Borey" to launch one after the other two missiles. If salvo launch "Bulava" will be successful, will consider adopting the missile into service.
16 th in a row and second in the 2011 test launch of the "Bulava" was held August 27, 2011. The missile was tested at the maximum range that the results of tests of 9.3 thousand kilometers. Testing the "Bulava" was considered a success. Overall, of the 16 rocket launches, nine were found to be successful. Earlier it was reported that this year, plans to produce four to five launches rockets, the results of which may be decided on the adoption of "Bulava" for service. Simultaneously with the launch by the Navy submarine and go "Yury Dolgoruky".
In the long term, "Bulava" will form the basis of the sea component of the nuclear shield Russia will be the main armament of strategic missile submarines of project 955/955A/955U "Northwind". Ballistic missile capable of hitting targets at ranges of up to eight thousand kilometers and carry six to ten nuclear units with capacity of 150 kilotons each. The launch is performed underwater in motion in an inclined plane.