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Next test launch of troubled Bulava missile due late October

RIA Novosti

17:57 08/10/2010

MOSCOW, October 8 (RIA Novosti) - The next test launch of Russia's troubled Bulava ballistic missile is preliminarily set for late October, a source in the test commission said Friday.

"The commission will review the success of the previous test launches in order to work out the date of the next Bulava launch," the source said.

The missile was successfully fired from the Dmitry Donskoy submarine in the White Sea on Thursday, hitting its target in the Kura test range in Russia's Far Eastern Kamchatka region.

Bulava test launches were put on hold after a failed launch on December 9, 2009, which was caused by a defective engine nozzle.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30), a three-stage liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), has officially suffered seven failures in 13 tests.

Two test launches of the Bulava are planned before the end of 2010: one from the Dmitry Donskoy sub, and the other from Russia's newest strategic nuclear-powered submarine, the Borey class Yury Dolgoruky.

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