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Russia performs ballistic missile tests under sea, compares juggernaut with Cold War

Four ballistic missiles were launched from beneath the White Sea by the Russian Navy.

According to several reports, this is the first time since Cold War where four missiles were launched altogether from a vessel during an exercise.

According to a news agency, the Project 955 Borei-class strategic nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky was successful in testing, as it fired 4 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Russian Defence Ministry released the video footage of the missile being launched from under the sea.

Kura range was set to be the target which was successfully achieved. The submarine can be armed with 20 intercontinental ballistic missiles and several torpedoes. It can also be used for carrying 24K tonnes of material and is 160×13 meters in area.

Yuri Dolgoruky
Credits: Russian Ministry of Defense

Customized ballistic missiles are specially built for the Project 955 submarines. It also has the capability of delivering 10 warheads of 150,000 tonnes to the distance of 10,000 kilometers.

The submarine was displayed during a float out ceremony at the Sevmash Shipyards in Severodvinsk in Russia.

Its construction began way back in July 2012 and it is thought that it will be given to the Russian army sometime in between next year.

Once it is given, it can allow the Russian Navy’s most advanced ballistic missile submarine to carry out nuclear deterrence patrols.

By comparison to the Borei-class which has 16 missile tubes, Borei A submarines are fitted with four additional launchers, increasing the number to a total of 20.

A total number of 8 submarines of the same class will be built in 7 years from now.

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