This is the first launch of Bulava by “Knyaz Oleg(K-552), a submarine that is currently conducting a state testing program before being handed over from the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk to the Russian Navy.
“The ballistic missile was fired from a submerged position towards the Kura test site in Kamchatka, see video below. According to confirmed data, the missile warheads successfully reached a specified area at the estimated time, ”the Defense Ministry in Moscow said in a statement.
The ministry did not specify how many warheads the Bulava missile was carrying.
Thursday’s launch is the first test of the Bulava missile since December of last year, then the “Vladimir Monomakh”Fired a four-missile salute from a submerged position in the Pacific towards targets at the Chizha proving field at Cape Kanin in the eastern Barents Sea.
“Knyaz OlegWas launched from the shipyard in July 2020 and began sea trials in April this year. The submarine was supposed to be handed over to the Pacific Fleet, but as the Barents Observer reported in May, the “Knyaz Oleg“will instead start sailing for the Northern Fleet with Gadzyievo on the Kola Peninsula as a home base.
The submarine is the fifth of the Borei class (Project 955 and 955-A). Ten ships of the class will be delivered to the navy by 2027. Construction of the last five is currently underway at the Sevmash shipyard.
Replacing the North Fleet’s Delta-IV and Pacific Fleet Delta-III submarines, the Borer-class will be the backbone of Russia’s strategic nuclear naval forces for decades to come. Each submarine in the class can carry 16 Bulava missiles.
The Sevmash shipyard is added to “Knyaz Oleg“Schedule the delivery of the Project 885 Yasen class submarine”Novosibirsk”To the Navy before the New Year. The ship will be transferred to the Pacific Fleet.