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Russia To Resume Test-Launches Of Bulava ICBMs This Year

An official from Russia's Defense Ministry has announced that test launches of the troubled Bulava Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) will resume this autumn.

Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov announced the news to delegates at an international security conference in Moscow on May 23.

Last week, the Russian news agency Interfax cited a source in Russia's strategic rocket forces as saying the test-launch would be held in September.

The Bulava was developed to be used aboard Russia's new generation of Borei-class submarines.

One of those new submarines, the "Aleksandr Nevsky," conducted the last unsuccessful test-firing of the Bulava on September 6, 2013.

The Bulava ICBM -- with a range of some 8,000 kilometers -- has been plagued by problems. Roughly half of some 20 test-launches have failed.
Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax