What is Bulava Missile?

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Russian President has bolstered the country's military capabilities by ordering the addition of a new nuclear-capable missile known as the Bulava into the Russian military arsenal.

About Bulava Missile:

  • RSM-56 Bulava (NATO reporting name: SS-N-32) is a Russian submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
  • Designed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, development of the missile was launched in the late 1990s, and is designed to be deployed on Russia’s Borei-class submarines.
  • Bulava represents a core component of Russia’s future strategic nuclear force.
  • Features:
    • It is a three-stage solid-propellant missile.
    • The missile has a launch mass of about 36.8 tonnes and a throw weight of 1,150 kg.
    • It measures 12.1 meters in length in a launch container and 2 meters in diameter. 
    • Bulava has a maximum range of 8,300 km (5,160 miles) and a payload of up to 10 multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles, or MIRVs, capable of delivering nuclear warheads to different targets.
    • The missile’s RVs are capable of in-flight maneuverability and re-targeting to out maneuver any enemy defense.
    • The RVs have an expected accuracy of around 250 to 300 m.

Q1: What are Ballistic Missiles?

Ballistic missiles are powered initially by a rocket or series of rockets in stages, but then follow an unpowered trajectory that arches upwards before descending to reach its intended target. Ballistic missiles can carry either nuclear or conventional warheads.

Source: Putin Adds New Nuclear Missile To Russia's Arsenal: How Deadly Is Bulava Submarine-Launched ICBM?