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"The Bulava has taken off. That’s good news. We understand that in this case we can put the missile into serial production," Serdyukov said at a meeting with Russian defense observers.
On Tuesday, the 15th test launch of the Bulava missile was successfully conducted by the Defense Ministry.
"We’ve achieved results; we now can put the Bulava on the Yury Dolgoruky," he added.
The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier that if the 15th test of Bulava was successful, the missile might be put into service later in 2011 or in early 2012.
Source: Russia to start Bulava production
MOSCOW: Nearly all of the silo-based and mobile missile systems belonging to the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN) are equipped with warheads capable of overpowering missile defense shields, RVSN Commander Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said.
"New missile systems of RVSN will be equipped with highly effective maneuverable and guided warheads and more advanced means able to overpower missile defense shields. All this allows us to confidently forecast the Russian strategic nuclear forces' ability to maintain the country's security no matter what scenario the international situation follows," Karakayev said.
In fact, since the Norway Spiral incident of 2 years ago, there has been virtually zero additional media news on the status of the Bulava missile system
Two previous launches of the Bulava missile also failed, bringing the total of failed flights to six. (see above) The latest flight apparently followed an aborted launch attempt in November, when the Dmitry Donskoy submarine reportedly sailed to the launch area, but did not conduct the actual launch scheduled for Nov 24, 2009, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. The test was originally scheduled to take place in October 2009.
Despite the scandalous atmosphere around the project, the high rate of failures in Bulava tests might be explained by the complex nature of the new weapon, especially of its highly maneuverable third stage, rather than by a fundamental flaw in the design of the missile. The history of rocket development knows many examples of difficult birth of new systems, which would later reach a high degree of reliability and performance. In August of 2009, shortly after the previous failed launch, Russian officials disclosed that a fourth submarine for the Bulava-type missiles would be constructed.
2010 Oct. 7: The long-anticipated 13th launch of the Bulava missile was successful, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced. The rocket was launched from the Dmitry Donskoy submarine stationed in the White Sea in the direction of the Kura impact range on the Kamchatka Peninsula. According to the Ministry of Defense spokesman, all warheads reached Kura. Two more test launches were promised during 2010, including one from the Dmitry Donskoy and one from the operational version of the submarine - the Yuri Dolgoruky.
2010 Oct. 29: The 14th test launch of Russia's Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile was a complete success, official media reported Friday. It was the second successful flight in a row of the previously troubled vehicle. The missile lifted off on Oct. 29, 2010, at 05:10 Moscow Time from the Dmitry Donskoy submarine submerged in the White Sea. Several minutes later, the multiple warheads from the missile successfully hit their targets at the Kura impact range in the Kamchatka Peninsula, a Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman said. Another test launch of the Bulava missile was scheduled for December of this year, Russian media reported.
2011 June 28: The Yuri Dolgoruky submarine submerged in the White Sea launched the Bulava missile. According to the official Russian sources, this was the first firing of the missile from an operational vessel and all warheads successfully reached their targets at the Kura impact range on the Kamchatka Peninsula. On August 1, 2011, Russian officials promised to conduct four test firings of the Bulava missile before the end of 2011, including a possible salvo launch of two or more vehicles.
2011 Aug. 27: At 07:20 Moscow Time, the Bulava missile lifted off from the Yuri Dolgoruky submarine stationed in the submerged position in the White Sea and 33 minutes later its warheads successfully impacted in the Pacific Ocean, some 9,300 kilometers from the launch site, demonstrating maximum range of the new weapon, representatives of the Russian Navy announced. It was the 16th flight of the missile.
2011 Oct. 28: (08:20 Moscow Time?) The Yuri Dolgoruky submarine stationed in the submerged position in the White Sea launched Bulava missile toward the Kura impact range in Kamchatka Peninsula. The missile's warheads reportedly reached their targets.
Originally posted by daynight42
So, you're saying instead of a missile accidentally spiraling out of control due to error, that one purposely maneuvered in a spiral pattern to demonstrate that it could?
I guess we'll never knew until it's too late...
Originally posted by Phage
And the idea that the spiral was related to countermeasures is still nothing but speculation.
Nope ... what I have always maintained is that the Bulava missile test on Dec 9 2009 (Norway Spiral date) was in fact a SUCCESSFUL launch
And here we are just 2 years down the track and what do we find ?
Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by tauristercus
By all accounts it was a successful launch, until the third separation stage.
So, if this was a successful launch and the spiral effect we saw was intentional, can you explain why was it carried out so soon after launch?
Every other Bulava missile was launched from the White Sea and flown to impact at the Kura test range in the Kamchatka Peninsula (except those that failed).
Why didn't they carry out this at Kura? Where there is a much, much less chance of witnesses seeing it?
I'm sorry but it seems you're making the evidence at hand fit a chosen belief.
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by tauristercus
There is nothing to debunk. Your spiral thread "proved" that the spiral was produced by the launch of a missile.