Test launch of a ballistic missile "Bulava" was successful. The launch took place on Saturday with a nuclear submarine "Yury Dolgoruky", said the Russian Defense Ministry. Start at the maximum range in the Pacific Ocean was produced at 7:20 MSK, specified in the ministry.
Earlier, starting from the board, "Yury Dolgoruky" planned to carry out August 20, but it did not take place because of a failure in the power supply in one of the submarine systems. It was decided to return to base to analyze the problem.
Produced today the launch of "Bulava" was the 16th in a row and the second this year. Previous launch in June was successful. "Yuri Dolgoruky" launched "Bulava" from a submerged position, and a rocket taking off from the White Sea, reached the Kura test site, located in the Kamchatka region.
It is assumed that in case of positive test results "Bulava" can be accepted by the Navy in early 2012.
"Mace" flew 9,300 kilometers
The famous sea missile was successfully tested at maximum range.
On Saturday morning, the famous missile "Bulava" not only successfully took off, but also showed the distance record — 9.3 thousand kilometers, exceeding the stated figures.
Prior to this it was thought that the most that can "Bulava" — a 8000. Now the technical parameters of the rocket that hit the internet, will be reviewed.
According to "News" in the headquarters of the Russian Northern Fleet, "Mace" on Saturday at 7.20 was successfully launched from the White Sea, and exactly 33 minutes — to 7.53 — the warheads reached a predetermined portion of the Pacific, located in more than 9.3 Thousands of kilometers from the start.
— The purpose of the tests was to investigate the maximum range of the missile. The tests were successful, — noted the "News".
Launched missile submarine of the fourth generation, "Yury Dolgoruky", which came out on Friday from a base in Severodvinsk. Now she goes along with the rocket state tests. Start-up was from a submerged position. The successful launch of "Bulava" Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov reported to President Dmitry Medvedev.
The military judge, the captain of the first rank Konstantin Sivkov believes that the range of "Bulava" confirms the features that it had laid designers.
— In the design phase always make allowances for range, because the fuel efficiency of long-term storage is reduced. 8000 — a guaranteed range. Well, apparently, the maximum — it’s 9300. Sivkov said.
The expert noted that Saturday’s launch should be seen as an achievement of the Russian armed forces and defense industry.
— Another 5-6 successful launches, and the "Bulava" can be taken into service, — stated Sivkov.
Saturday‘s start "Bulava" was the 16th in the history of rockets and his fourth consecutive successful.
Until 2011, the "Bulava" experienced with the other boat — "Dmitry Donskoy" Project 941 "Akula". Launcher "Bulava" she implanted in one of the missile silos intended for a different solid-fuel rocket — the P-39, removed from service. "Native" boat "Bulava" — "Yuri Dolgoruky" Project 955 "Borey" early starts only in 2011. Saturday’s launch was the second for her.