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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Russia's ballistic missile to enter service after clean sheet

RIA Novosti

16:11 26/10/2010 LE BOURGET, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Bulava ballistic missile will enter service when it is 98-99% efficient, Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin said on Tuesday.

Over half of the test launches of the submarine-based missile have failed. The last test launch on October 7 was deemed successful when it hit the designated target in the country's Far East.

The next launch is scheduled for October 29, a military source revealed earlier on Tuesday.

The Bulava is capable of carrying six individually targeted nuclear warheads.

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