Russia postpones Bulava missile test launch by end of year

09:30, October 15, 2010      

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The next test launch of Bulava ballistic missile scheduled for late October has been postponed due to its surface damage, said Thursday the chief of Russia's Armed Forces General Staff.

The last test launch on October 7 was successful as the missile was fired from a submarine in the White Sea and hit the target in Russia's Far East region of Kamchatka.

"We still need some time to analyze the results of the previous launch, but it is already clear that the missile performed well," Gen. Nikolai Makarov was quoted by the media as saying.

Makarov said that the missiles for the next two launches had already been manufactured under the strict supervision of the Defense Ministry, and are ready for testing.

He added the next test launch is due to be held later the year, definitely not in October.

The Bulava missile, a three-stage liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile, has officially suffered 7 failures in 13 tests.

Two test launches of the Bulava missile have been scheduled by the end of 2010.

Source: Xinhua


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