Russian northern fleet to test Bulava readiness

Russian northern fleet to test Bulava readiness

The Russian Northern Fleet is getting ready to test combat readiness of nuclear deterrence forces. Two state-of-the-art strategic ballistic missile submarines of the Project 955, namely "Yuriy Dolgorukiy" and "Vladimir Monomakh" are awaiting their sailing orders. One of them is to volley-fire intercontinental ballistic missiles Bulava. There have been only three such launches since the Soviet times. All the operations' code name was known as "Behemoth".

The last time such a volley fire was carried out by a nuclear submarine 667 BDRM Dolphin, named K-407 Novomoskovsk, under the command of Sergey Egorov in 1991. At the time, the missile submarine fired all of its ballistic missiles (RSM-54 Skif) in 1.5 minutes, which struck designated conditional targets on the Kura test site in Kamchatka.


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