Ballistic Response from Russia : Bulava, Sineva

Ballistic Response from Russia : Bulava, Sineva 25 August, 2019

The USA had tested a medium-range cruise missile last week. Russia has test-fired two submarine-based ballistic missiles in response to US tests. The U.S. Defence Department had announced on Monday the test of a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile. The missile was launched on Sunday from the U.S. Navy-controlled San Nicolas Island off the coast of Los Angeles. In response, Russia tested missiles on Saturday, a week after US tests.

"On August 24, in accordance with the combat training plan, launches of sea-based ballistic missiles Sineva and Bulava were successfully carried out from the strategic missile submarine Tula and the strategic missile submarine Yuriy Dolgorukiy," the Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

The missiles were fired from a polar region of the Arctic Ocean and the Barents Sea, the ministry specified.

The test-launched missiles successfully hit their targets at ranges in the Arkhangelsk Region and Kamchatka.

The ministry stressed that the launches had confirmed the technical characteristics of the missiles and submarine missile systems.

The Project 955 Borei-class (“North Wind”) aka Dolgoruky-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) can carry 12 to 16 Bulava (NATO reporting name SS-NX-30 or SS-N-32) SLBMs each armed with six to ten nuclear MIRV warheads yielding 100 to 150 kilotons apiece, as well as 10 to 40 decoys.

The R-30 Bulava is a solid-fuel ballistic missile. It carries 10 warheads of 150 kilotons each and has a range of 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles).

The Yuri Dolgoruky last fired a Bulava SLBM from a submerged position in the White Sea off the northwest coast of Russia on May 2018 and the Barents Sea off the northern coast of Russia in June 2017.

The RSM-54 Sineva (Blue), which is also known as Scythian (NATO designation SS-N-23 Skiff) is a third-generation liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile that entered service with the Russian Navy in July 2007. The R-29RMU is the modernized version of the R-29RM (SS-N-23) missile.

Unlike its predecessor, the Skif, the Sineva carries 10 independently targetable re-entry vehicles instead of four.



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Ballistic Response from Russia : Bulava, Sineva

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