Russian weapons: Russian submarine launched Bulava missiles, one explodes after launch

13:18 Sep. 28, 2016

Russian submarine launched Bulava missiles, one explodes after launch

Missiles were launched from Russian nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgorukiy (GettyImages Photo)

Not the first time Bulava fails to complete its task, according to Russian media

The test of Russia's two intercontinental ballistic missiles Bulava, launched from submarine in the White sea, was partially unsuccessful, after one of them reportedly exploded after launch, Interfax reported with reference to the Russian Defense ministry.

‘One of the missile successfully hit the target, but the second one failed to complete the task. It self-destructed after the first stage of the flight', the message said.

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This is actually not the first time a Bulava missile fails to complete its task.

A similar test with two missiles, conducted on November 14, 2015, also ‘partially failed', despite the initially positive reports, a source said in an interview with Russian news agency Lenta.

‘The launch was successful and the first missile hit its target, but the second one missed it', the source said while claiming the system had completely proven its combat readiness.

Read also: Russia shows off its military hardware during short-ballistic missile system test near Ukraine

The source also addressed the claims about a high percentage of failures during tests.

‘The percentage only seems high because nowadays people are informed about the results, while 30 years ago they wouldn't be told anything. The success-failure ratio of Bulava isn't the worst.', it said.

The development of Bulava started back in the late 1990s. 

As the Moscow Times reports, the Russian Navy has fired 21 Bulava missiles since testing began, with eight of the tests proving unsuccessful. The development program got off to a rocky start, and has seen a number of problems a long the way. 

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