The Burevestnik “space complex” which has the index 14K168, according to Bart Hendrickx "is an umbrella name for an ASAT program that includes both space-based and non-space-based elements", similar to the Soviet-era Kontakt “direct-ascent air-launched ASAT. The Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile has nothing to do with the Burevestnik ASAT project, apart from the name, which is very popular in Russia, like Almaz, etc.
The space-based portion of the project was then officially initiated by a contract signed between NPK KBM and the Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics (CNIIHM) on 30 September 2011. Follow-up contracts awarded by CNIIHM to other subcontractors clearly are for a space-based system that itself seems to have two components (Burevestnik-M and Burevestnik-KA-M). The indexes 14D812, 14D813 and 14S47. These are presumably the first, second and third stages of the rocket.
Burevestnik project also has a ground-based component, namely what appears to be a three-stage solid-fuel rocket built by NPO Iskra in the city of Perm (some 1000 km east of Moscow near the Ural mountains).
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