Close to NATO territory: Russia tests “Bulava” missile

The “Bulava” missile (in German: Mace) was launched by Russia in the White Sea. It is capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

As reported by Münchner Merkur, the Russian Ministry of Defense in Moscow announced that such a missile was launched from the “Imperator Alexander III” class nuclear submarine in the White Sea. The “Bulava” was fired between the regions of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk in the far northwest. It is particularly sensitive because the White Sea and its western shore are only about 230 kilometers from the border with Finland at some points. Finland has been an official member state of NATO since April.

Missile can be equipped with warheads

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the “Bulava” has an estimated range of 8,000 to 9,000 kilometers. The intercontinental missile can be equipped with so-called MIRV (Multiple Independently targetable Reentry Vehicle) warheads, theoretically allowing it to attack several targets simultaneously. The missile was developed in 1998 and commissioned in 2018. A submarine of the “Imperator Alexander III” class can carry up to 16 “Bulava” missiles.

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