Russia to test five Bulava missiles in 2011: report

09:08, December 21, 2010      

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Russian strategic forces will conduct up to five test launches of a new Bulava inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), the missile's chief designer Yuri Solomonov told RIA Novosti on Monday.

Only seven tests of the submarine-based Bulava have been successful. Despite of that, Bulava has been in mass production for three years yet, Solomonov said. ( He added that plant's capacity allows to increase the Bulava production by several times after the missile submarine carrier Yuri Dolgoruki is operational. That will not happen until at least summer 2011, Solomonov stressed.

No changes have been done in the missile's design after the failed tests, he added

Meanwhile, Solomonov also committed that the development of new ICBMs contradicted the global trend for arms reduction.

Russian rearmament program envisages deployment of 50 new Topol-M and Yars multiple-warhead ICBMs by 2012 and building a new heavy ballistic missile before 2020 to replace Soviet-made RS-18 and RS-20.

Source: Xinhua

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