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Russia to test launch Bulava missile on Saturday

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MOSCOW (BNS): Russia will resume test launch of the Bulava ballistic missile and has set the date for August 27, according to a news report.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoting a State Commission source said, the test launch will be carried out from the the Borey class Yury Dolgoruky nuclear submarine.

The launch was originally planned for August 20, but was postponed until the submarine was ready for the next round of missile tests, the report said.

The Bulava missile has been flight tested 15 times and only eight of them were successful. The missiles were earlier fired from the Typhoon class Dmitry Donskoy submarine.

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) submarine-launched ballistic missile carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).

The Russian military is planning to conduct four additional tests of the missile before putting it into service by the end of 2011, it said.

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