Russia Test-Fires Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles

Russia has successfully test-fired submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) from two of its nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), the Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.

An R-29RMU Sineva ballistic missile was launched by the Russian Navy Project 667BDRM Delfin-class (NATO reporting name: Delta-IV) submarine, K-114 Tula while in the Arctic Ocean while the newer Project 955 Borei-class boat, K-535 Yuriy Dolgorukiy, launched the latest RSM-56 Bulava SLBM while in the Barents Sea.

According to the Ministry, the missiles successfully hit their targets at ranges in the Arkhangelsk Region in northern European Russia and Kamchatka in the Russian Far East. The ministry added that the launches had confirmed the technical characteristics of the missiles and submarine missile systems.

R-29RMU Sineva (NATO reporting name: SS-N-23A Skiff, GRAU index 3M27), is a Russian liquid-fueled submarine-launched ballistic missile that can carry four warheads. It is designed to be launched from Delta IV class submarines, which are armed with 16 missiles each.

RSM-56 Bulava (NATO reporting name: SS-NX-30 or SS-N-32, GRAU index 3M30, 3K30) is a submarine-launched ballistic missile developed for the Russian Navy and deployed in 2013 on the new 955/955A Borei-class of ballistic missile nuclear submarines. Each Borei-class submarines carry 16 Bulava missiles.

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