Russia plans to deploy Borey-class subs in Pacific
Russia plans to deploy Borey-class subs in Pacific - Brahmand.com
These Bulava missiles are not so successful. Only 11 of 18 or 19 test launches of the troubled Bulava have been officially declared successful. However, some analysts suggest that in reality the number of failures is considerably higher. Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer said that of the Bulava's first 12 test launches, only one was entirely successful. Despite several previous failures officially blamed on manufacturing faults, the Russian military has insisted that there is no alternative to the Bulava.
The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM, developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (since 1998), carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage ballistic missile is designed for deployment on Borey-class nuclear submarines.
Because of the repeated failures during Bulava test launches, some experts have suggested that the Borei submarine could instead be armed with R-29RMU Sineva missiles.
The R-29RMU Sineva is seen as a rival to the solid propellant Bulava SLBM.The R-29RMU Sineva (Russian: Синева, lit. "blueness"), also designated RSM-54, is a Russian liquid-fueled submarine-launched ballistic missile.It can carry four supersonic warheads and is designed to be launched from Delta IV class submarines, which are armed with 16 missiles each.The Sineva missile has reportedly been replaced by the R-29RMU2.1 "Liner" missile in 2012