The first of a new class of Russian ballistic missile nuclear submarine is ready to be put into service with the Russian Navy, officials said.
Russia's navy pins great hopes on the Bulava ICBM, which has been plagued by problems for 15 years. The missile is also the focus of intrigue, with some designers wishing it good luck and others good riddance.
Russia is likely to sell even more of its most modern anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems to Iran, according to the head of the nation's main arms export corporation.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in India Tuesday amid rumors that he is to offer the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk as a sweetener if New Delhi buys 65 Boeing Super Hornet fighters.
In the early 1980s, it took 16 missiles to hold the submerged and surface trials of the RSM-52 – NATO designation SS-N-20 Sturgeon – a solid fuel ballistic missile designed to carry 10 nuclear warheads. The missile was later supplied to six Akula class – NATO designation Typhoon – submarines.
According to the Western press, the three-stage solid-fuel Bulava-M missile will be one of the lightest in its class. Weighing only 30 metric tons, it was initially named Bulava-30. It has an effective range of 4,972 miles and will carry four to ten warheads.
Russia has moved to a higher level in the design of strategic sea-based nuclear systems.
During his recent trip to Severodvinsk, Russian First Deputy Premier Sergei Ivanov was shown plans for a new $500 million dock designed to build large-tonnage s
A shipbuilding yard in northern Russia was the site for the launch of the country's fourth-generation strategic nuclear submarine.
A next-generation submarine will enter service with the Russian Northern Fleet in the foreseeable future, the country's naval commander says.