Fri, February 25, 2011
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Test launch of Russia's Bulava missile postponed

2011-02-25 10:38:41 GMT2011-02-25 18:38:41(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MOSCOW, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- The next test launch of Russia's Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will be carried out in late spring, head of Russia's General Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov said on Friday.

The 15th test launch of the Bulava from the Yury Dolgoruky nuclear submarine was slated for Dec. 17, but had been postponed due to the ice conditions in the Barents Sea.

"The test launch is most likely to be carried out late spring or in early summer, as ice situation in the Barents Sea permits," Makarov said.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said it planned to put the Bulava ICBM into service by the end of 2011.

According to the missile's chief designer Yuri Solomonov, Russian strategic forces wanted to conduct five more test launches of the sea-based missile.

Bulava, which is supposed to become Russia's main naval strategic missile, is capable of carrying 10 warheads with a range of 8,000 km.

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