View Full Version : Fate of Russia's Bulava missile must be decided this summer Navy

03-22-2010, 01:50 AM
" This Thing Still Uses Liquid Fuel Which Is Extremely Dangerous In A Submerged Submarine ."The first stage must be Liquid Fuel Because The Russians Never developed or were able to steal the Technology for massive solid Fuel Boosters .

The upcoming tests of Russia's troubled Bulava ballistic missile will determine whether it will be put in service with the Russian Navy or scrapped, a senior Navy commander said.

The Russian Navy is planning to conduct at least four test launches of the Bulava ballistic missile at the end of June.

"I believe that this summer will be decisive in terms of adopting Bulava for the service with the Navy," First Deputy of the Naval General Staff Vice Admiral Oleg Burtsev said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station on Saturday. "We will continue Bulava tests launches from Dmitry...snip

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) is a three-stage liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). It carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).

The future development of Bulava has been questioned by some lawmakers and defense industry officials following a series of test failures. Only five of 12 Bulava test launches from the Dmitry Donskoy sub have been officially reported as being successful.

Some analysts suggest that in reality the number of failures was considerably larger, with Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer contending that of the Bulava's 12 test launches, only one was entirely successful.