Borei-Class SSBN ‘Vladimir Monomakh’ to Launch 2 Bulava SLBM in June

Today we’ve learned that the ‘Vladimir Monomakh’ has been designated to conduct the two launches. According to a TASS source, the launch will be conducted in June.

“It is planned that the Vladimir Monomakh will fire two Bulava SLBMs at the beginning of summer, approximately in June, from a submerged position in the White Sea towards the Kura practice range in Kamchatka,” the source said.

On February 27, I wrote about the Northern Fleet planning to launch two Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in 2016.  The Bulava SLBM will be launched from a Borei-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), according to a TASS source.

The Borei-class Vladimir Monomakh SSBN. ‘Rubin’ Central Design Bureau
The Borei-class Vladimir Monomakh SSBN. ‘Rubin’ Central Design Bureau.

Commissioned with the Pacific Fleet, the Russian submarine will perform inter-sea passage late next summer to join the ‘Aleksandr Nevskiy’ in the Kamchatka Peninsula. The Russian Navy Pacific Fleet is headquartered at Vladivostok close Russia’s borders with China and North Korea.

The Borei-class Vladimir Monomakh SSBN. ‘Rubin’ Central Design Bureau
The Borei-class Vladimir Monomakh SSBN. ‘Rubin’ Central Design Bureau

The ‘Vladimir Monomakh’ is armed with 16 Bulava SLBM and should receive a full weapons suite if the Bulava launch is successful. Laid down in 2006 by the Rubin Design Bureau, the nuclear-powered submarine is the third of its class—Project 955 Borei-class submarine—and was commissioned on December 10 2014.

The Borei-class SSBN conducted a successful multiple launch of two Bulava SLBM on November 14, 2015. The RSM-56 Bulava can hit targets at more than 8,000 km and has 6 re-entry vehicles warheads with a yield of 150 kt each.

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Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.