MOSCOW, Russia (Dec. 24) – Two new Bulava intercontinental nuclear missiles have been tested successfully by Russia on Friday (Dec. 23). The missile has reportedly several failed attempts in the past.
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"The launch was carried out from (the submarine in) submerged position in the White Sea," ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov was quoted by state-run RIA news agency as saying. "Its warheads reached the polygon (target) on time."
Due to a member of CTBT (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty) Russia is not supposed to restrain from any kind of nuclear explosions; therefore, the recent missile test was done with dummy warheads.
Half of the previous attempts have been failed, although the last launch from same submarine in June this year was successful.
A Bulava missile weighs 36.8 tonnes and can travel a distance of 8,000 km (5,000 miles) carrying 6-10 nuclear warheads, which would deliver an impact of up to 100 times the atomic blast that devastated Hiroshima in 1945.