Saturday, December 24, 2011

Intercontinental Bulava Nuclear Missiles Tested Successfully by Russia on Friday (Dec. 23, 2011)

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.

Bulava Nuclear Missiles Tested Successfully by Russia
"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.

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