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Bulava Missile, Sub to Join Russian Active Force

Russia's Bulava ballistic missile and the Borei-class submarine Yuri Dolgoruky are set to enter the nation's active military force after July 29, ITAR-Tass quoted Russian General Staff chief Gen. Nikolai Makarov as saying on Friday (see GSN, June 26).

The Yuri Dolgoruky can accommodate up to 16 Bulava missiles, according to ITAR-Tass. Each of the submarine-fired weapons can transport 10 independently targeted nuclear warheads over distances approaching 5,000 miles (ITAR-Tass, June 29).

Russia on Thursday said its second Borei-class submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, would join the force before the end of this year, RIA Novosti reported (see GSN, June 6).

The ballistic missile vessel departed on June 21 for the White Sea, where it was to undergo sea testing together with the Yuri Dolgoruky.

“If a state commission reports on Aug. 1 that all tasks envisioned by the trials program have been fulfilled, we will immediately start preparing documents for the submarine’s commissioning,” Russian First Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Sukhorukov stated (RIA Novosti, June 29).

The Defense Ministry indicated the Alexander Nevsky could enter active duty before the end of next month, Interfax reported on Thursday.

After achieving the milestone, the submarine is due to fire a Bulava ballistic missile in a practice maneuver, RIA Novosti quoted Sukhorukov as saying (see GSN, May 11; RIA Novosti).

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