Moscow (AFP) Oct 29, 2009
Russia's latest test of its next-generation Bulava missile was aborted when a submarine failed to carry out the launch, in a fresh setback for the project, the Interfax news agency reported Thursday.
The Dmitry Donskoi, a nuclear-powered sub that had been due to test-fire a Bulava off Russia's northern coast, returned to its White Sea base without having launched the missile, a source at the naval base told Interfax.
"The main task of the mission, the execution of the Bulava test launch, was not fulfilled," the source was quoted as saying.
"There are many theories about the event but the reasons can only be announced after an analysis of what happened," he added.
The Bulava, the flagship project in Moscow's efforts to revamp its ageing Soviet-era missile arsenal, has suffered a string of embarrassing failures, with seven out of 11 tests since 2005 ending unsuccessfully.
Nearly half of the Russian defence ministry's purchasing budget is devoted to the Bulava programme, according to Russian media reports.
The Bulava has a maximum range of 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles) and can be equipped with up to 10 individually targeted nuclear warheads.
It is the sea-based version of the Topol-M, Russia's new surface-to-surface intercontinental missile, and designed to be launched from Moscow's newest Borei class of submarines.
Share This Article With Planet Earth
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com
China hints at unveiling of new DF-41 ICBM
Beijing (UPI) Sep 4, 2009
China will display five new missiles in its National Day Parade on Oct. 1, although the much-anticipated third generation Dongfeng 41 is not named directly. Some Chinese media are quoting an unnamed military "leading missile expert" saying that the missiles will be second generation and already in use by the military. Other media are saying that the unveiling of the DF-41 is a ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2009 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement|