Russia: Russia has successfully test-fired a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from its Borey-class Alexander Nevsky nuclear-powered submarine. According to a spokesperson from the Russian Defence Ministry, the missile was launched from a designated location the Barents Sea and hit a selected target at the Kura test range on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula. The three-stage Bulava SLBM carries up to 10 independent warheads and has a range of 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).
Russia currently has two Borey class boats in service — the Yury Dolgoruky and the Alexander Nevsky. A total of eight Borey class vessels are expected to enter service before 2020. Despite several test failures in the past, it is believed that the recent launches confirmed the capability of the missile as the main armament for Russia’s Borey class submarines that are expected to become the backbone of the Russian Navy’s strategic nuclear deterrent force.
Source: Sputnik news