Russia has test-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles, known as ICBMs, from a submarine, according to state-run media.
The state-backed TASS agency reported that a submarine, the Yuri Dolgoruky, tested four ICBMs from a submerged position.
“The missiles hit the designated targets at the Kura practice range in Kamchatka in the Russian Far East. The salvo fire by this number of missiles was performed by the underwater cruisers of this Project for the first time,” the agency reported.
Namely, the submarine test-fired the Bulava missile
“The ballistic missile has been launched, all went normal,” the commander of the submarine told state media, which also reported that it was the first time that many ICBMs were launched from a submarine of that type.
Meanwhile, it was reported this week that Russia is set to receive the RS-28 Sarmat, known as the “SS-X-30 Satan 2,” missile in 2020.
“Trials of other promising systems continue. Soon, they are to begin service in our strategic forces,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said, according to The Diplomat. “I mean first of all the Sarmat system that is to enter operational service in 2020, the Avangard system that is to become operational in 2019 and other systems.”
The military regiment with the Sarmat ICBM is slated to deploy by 2021, the publication reported.
“[T]he regiment will first receive two RS-28 ICBMs, and is expected to deploy a total of six RS-28s. (Missile regiments consist of up to 10 missiles and around 400 military personnel.),” the Diplomat reported. “The RS-36—the current mainstay of Russia’s land-based ICBM force—will slowly be phased out beginning in the 2020s. The RS-36s are expected to stay in service until at least 2024, but their service life may be extended up to 2027 depending on the RS-28 induction schedule.”
The program has been marred by a number of delays, and it’s unlikely that the Sarmat system will be operational by 2021, it was noted.
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