Video shows Russian nuclear submarine test-fire intercontinental ballistic missile

The footage of a ballistic missile launched from a submarine below the surface of the water is always quite impressive.

The Borei-class strategic nuclear submarine Aleksandr Nevsky, successfully launched a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile from the Barents Sea firing range Kura, located on the Kamchatka Peninsula, from an underwater position Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Nov. 28.

The test completes this year’s launch series of the new weapon.

Borei class submarines carrying Bulava missile will form the backbone for Russian Naval strategic nuclear forces by 2025-2030.

Each submarine of the class will be able to carry 16 Bulava missiles, each one with a range up to 11,000 km and able to carry ten nuclear warheads.

American ICBM missiles can be launched by E-6 Mercury “doomsday planes” acting as Airborne Command Posts by means of Airborne Launch Control System.


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