The Russian Navy will shortly put in service the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles, Navy Commander-in-Chief Victor Chirkov said
Asian Defence News
As a result, Russia’s marine strategic nuclear force will be significantly strengthened. The Bulava missiles will be put in service on board the strategic nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky, implemented under the Project 955 Borei class, says editor-in-chief of the daily “Nezavisimoe Voennoe Obozrenie” Victor Litovkin.
“Yuri Dolgoruky” will be followed by cruisers “Alexander Nevsky” and then “Vladimir Monomakh”. Each cruiser will be equipped with 16 Bulava missiles each having 6 warheads,” Victor Litovkin said.
The range of the fourth-generation Bulava missile is 8,000 kilometers. The missile should be the basis of Russia’s advanced nuclear deterrent force up to 2040-2045. According to Victor Litovkin, in many aspects, this is a unique missile.
“This is a solid fuel missile and is launched from under water with a higher speed than the liquid-fuel ones. It’s impossible to intercept when launching it and air defence systems cannot target it. Moreover, its warheads fly along unpredictable trajectories at hypersonic speed. In view of this, it’s quite difficult to intercept the warheads. In addition, Bulava missile overcomes air defence systems with the assistance of falsified targets. In short, the warheads disperse falsified targets and fly in a cloud of these targets. In these circumstances, an air defence radar cannot identify real targets, and missile-interceptors cannot launch real attacks. In fact, Americans have not learned to do this yet,” Victor Litovkin added.
The higher capability of the Bulava missile to overcome a missile defence system is a key factor says editor-in-chief of the Moscow-based “National Defence” magazine Victor Korotchenko.
“The Bulava missile system assures that the European air defence system and the American anti-missile system will not undermine Russia’s nuclear deterrence,” Victor Korotchenko said.
Foreign intelligence services pay special attention to this terrible weapon. The interest of special services is understandable because it is an important component of Russia’s strategic nuclear triad, Igor Korotchenko said.
“There were several court proceedings concerning attempts to handover information about Bulava to Western special services. But I believe anti-surveillance measures that are being realized are sufficient to protect the project’s secrets,” Victor Korotchenko added.
In short, one of the most ambitious projects of the Russian military industry, the development of the sea-based strategic missile system has been implemented.