Russia has successfully tested a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile from its new nuclear submarine, the Imperator Alexander III. Datr reports the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The missile, which US experts say can carry six nuclear warheads, was fired from the submerged submarine somewhere in the White Sea, northeastern Russia, and struck a target in the Kamchatka Peninsula thousands of kilometers away in Russia’s Far East. “The firing of a ballistic missile is the final element of a series of tests, after which it will be decided whether the vessel will be accepted into the navy,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The Imperator Alexander III is the seventh in Russia Borei-class nuclear submarines. In NATO circles they are known as Dolgorukysubmarines, after the first boat in the class launched by Russia since the end of the Cold War. These nuclear submarines are armed with 16 Bulava missiles, which have a range of about 8,000 kilometers. Russia reportedly wants 10 to 12 Borei-build submarines.