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The Bulava Missile: What Propels Its Unsteady Flight?

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Bulava, a solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), has been developed as part of a new-generation system for the naval component of Russia’s strategic nuclear triad. The Bulava’s deployment onboard the Yuri Dolgoruki, a Borei-class strategic submarine newly designed to carry the missile, has been anticipated for over two years. However, an uneven record of test launches, including its most recent failures in December 2008 and July 2009, has continued to delay the Bulava’s deployment. [...]

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