Russia's new nuclear submarine launches missile

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.05 - 2023 10:12 AM CET

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Russia's new nuclear submarine launches missile.

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Russia's latest nuclear-powered submarine, the Imperator Alexander III, has successfully test-fired a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, according to the Russian defence ministry.

The test represents the final stage before the submarine is commissioned into the Navy.

The informations was shared by the Russians on Telegram according to Reuters.

Amidst heightened tensions with the West, President Vladimir Putin has emphasized the importance of Russia's nuclear capabilities as a deterrent.

The recent test saw the Bulava missile, which can be equipped with nuclear warheads, launched from the White Sea and hitting a target on the Kamchatka peninsula, thousands of kilometers away.

The exact date of the test was not disclosed by the ministry. The Borei-class submarine, which carries 16 Bulava missiles along with advanced torpedoes, was part of a ceremony attended by Putin in December, as reported by TASS news agency.

Currently, the Russian navy operates three Borei-class submarines, with one undergoing tests and three more under construction.

The Bulava missile, measuring 12 meters in length with an estimated range of 8,000 kilometers, is capable of carrying six nuclear warheads and is a key component of Russia's naval nuclear forces.

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