Submarine nuclear missile tests postponed due to software glitch

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Submarine nuclear missile tests postponed due to software glitch

Software glitches in the automated launch control system on board the Borey-class strategic submarines has caused a new delay in scheduled tests of the Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile, a minister said.

“There are technical problems involving software in the automated launch control system, and we are trying to fix them,” Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said.

The minister expressed hope that the next test-launch of the Bulava missile from Russia’s second Borey class submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, could be carried out before the end of the year.

All previous test launches were conducted from the Typhoon class Dmitry Donskoy submarine and the first Borey class submarine, the Yuri Dolgoruky.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 km.

The three-stage ballistic missile…

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