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.
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 ‘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.