Russia test-launched its second submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile in seven days.
Just four days after Russia finished testing its entire nuclear triad from the Barents Region, another submarine-launched missile was fired from the Barents Sea to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s far eastern corner.
On Wednesday the Northern Fleet’s Delta-IV class nuclear-powered submarine “Tula” fired an intercontinental ballistic missile Sineva from submerged position in the Barents Sea, TASS reports, citing the Ministry of Defense.
This is the second missile launch form the Barents Sea in one week. On October 29 “Yury Dolgoruky” – Russia’s first Borey class strategic submarine, launched a Bulava missile from the same area.
“Tula” (K-114) is a Project 667BDRM Delfin-class (NATO reporting name: Delta-IV) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine capable of carrying 16 Sineva nuclear ballistic missiles with four warheads each. The submarine was launched in 1987 and underwent overhaul at Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk in 2000-2004. Its home base is Gadzhiyevo on the Kola Peninsula.
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