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Russia Places Bulava Missile in Operation, Navy Head Says

The head of Russia's navy on Monday said the nation's new Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile is effectively on active duty, RIA Novosti reported (see GSN, June 20).

“The Bulava missile has de facto been adopted for service with the navy and the de jure paperwork is being completed,” Vice Adm. Viktor Chirkov said of the nuclear-capable missile with a troubled testing history (see GSN, Feb. 22; RIA Novosti, June 25).

The Borei-class ballistic missile submarine Yuri Dolgoruky would enter service no later than July 28, the Xinhua News Agency quoted Chirkov as saying. The vessel is capable of accommodating 16 Bulava missiles, which are designed to fly up to 5,000 miles and to carry as many as 10 warheads, according to the officer (Xinhua News Agency/China Daily, June 26).

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