Russia plans to produce 150 Bulava missiles before 2020

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Russia needs to build 150 Bulava ballistic missiles in the next decade, according to a source from the Russian arms ministry quoted by RIA Novosti Friday.

The editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine told the agency that at lest 124 missiles would be required for the eight Borey class nuclear-powered submarines that will enter service over the next decade.

Thirty or 40 missiles will have to be set aside for test launches. That implies increasing the capacity of Russia's only plant producing the ballistic missiles.

The Bulava missile is a three-stage, liquid and solid-propellant, submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), which has officially suffered seven failures in 13 test launches.

Russia plans two more launches of Bulava before the end of the year: one from the Dmitry Donskoy submarine, and the other from Russia's newest strategic nuclear-powered submarine, the Borey class Yury Dolgoruky.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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