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Bulava  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): October 2012
Total Production: 48
Also Known As: 3M30, Bulava-30, R-30, RSM-56, SS-N-32 and SS-NX-32
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology and Votkinsk Plant
Parent System: Bulava
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): October 2012
Total Production: 128
Family Members: Bulava-M
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Description: The solid-fuel Bulava-30 ballistic missile, R-30 Russian industrial code and SS-N-32 NATO designation, has been reported as a naval variant of Russian Topol-M road-mobile Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) or at least a new development levering its technology. Equipped with Multiple Independently targetable Reentry Vehicles (MIRVs) they will capable of destroying four to six or ten targets relying upon the number of nuclear warheads assigned to each missile. The missile's range is 8,000 kilometers and can be equipped with 10 nuclear warheads according to Russian press. It is likely that some kind of maneuverable warhead technology has been or will be procured for Bulava as it was done for Topol-M.

The three new Borey-class ballistic submarines (SSBNs) expected to be operational by 2010 will carry up to 12 of these missiles each. Testing of the Bulava Submarine Launch Ballistic Missile (SLBM) has been carried out on a modified Typhoon-class submarine from 2003 though 2006. The first Bulava ballistic missiles are expected to enter service by the end of 2007 when the first Borey submarine is projected to be fully operational and serviceable. The first test launch occurred on 27 September 2005 and the second one was executed underwater in the White December 2005. Both launches were conducted successfully. The Moscow Heat Engineering Institute is the responsible for the R-30/Bulava missile complex development.

In early 2007, it was made public that Bulava had been successful in the first four launch tests and failed in the following three in a row leaving the missile's future on hold pending the outcome of two Russian special investigation commissions. According to Pravda February 2007, Russian military expect to upgrade the Bulava missile system to overcome design shortfalls that may be causing the launch test failures. Thereafter, the Russian military will need from 12 to 14 successful launch tests to commission the new strategic missile system. All in all, it is likely that Bulava will not be available for deployment on Borey-class submarines in 2007. Finally, the Bulava ballistic missile entered service with the Russian Navy in October 2012.

Bulava Applications


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Bulava Specifications

Number of Stages: 3
Number of Warheads: 10
Dimensions
Diameter: 2 meter (79 inch)
Length: 12.1 meter (476 inch)
Performance
CEP: 350 meter
Max Range: 8,000 kilometer (4,320 nautical mile)
Speed
Top Speed: 18 mach (21,520 kph)
Weight
Warhead: 1,150 kilogram (2,535 pound)
Weight: 36.8 ton (81,129 pound)
Yield
Yield: 1,000 kiloton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Bulava News

There are 22 news between
7 May 2010 and 26 Jun 2017
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Monday, June 26, 2017Russian Navy Ballistic Submarine Successfully Test-Fires Bulava ICBM
Sunday, December 25, 2016Russian Navy Borei-M to Become Mainstay of Sea-Based Strategic Deterrent
Thursday, July 14, 2016Makeyev Developing New Ballistic Missile for 5th Generation Husky Nuclear Submarine
Friday, November 28, 2014Russian Navy Test-Launches Bulava Ballistic Missile
Wednesday, October 29, 2014Russia Test Fires Bulava Sea-Based Ballistic Missile
Wednesday, September 10, 2014Russian Navy Successfully Test Fires Bulava Sea-Launched Ballistic Missile
Monday, December 30, 2013Russian Navy's Northern Fleet Deploys First Two New Borey-Class Nuclear Ballistic Submarines
Saturday, September 7, 2013Russian Navy Bulava Ballistic Missiles Scores Another Failure and Delays Delivery of Two Borey Submarines
Thursday, January 10, 2013First Borey-Class Strategic Submarine Commissioned by the Russian Navy
Monday, June 25, 2012Bulava Strategic Ballistic Missile Enters Service with the Russian Navy

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