The nuclear submarine (nuclear submarine) of project 955 "Yuri Dolgoruky", equipped with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) R-30 Bulava-30, is the "real" weapon of Doomsday, writes The National Interest.
The publication of the American magazine, which first appeared in June 2019, is dedicated to the R-30 Bulava-30 volley launch from the White Sea at the Kura training ground in Kamchatka, held in May 2018.
The publication notes that such a weapon has an unusual flight path, making it difficult to intercept. “40-ton missiles can dodge about forty air defense strikes,” writes The National Interest. The magazine claims that the R-30 Bulava-30 can destroy the enemy’s cities after the remaining Russian nuclear forces are eliminated.
Nevertheless, The National Interest writes that the accuracy of the P-30 “Mace-30” is not enough to use weapons in the framework of the “first strike” scenario, which assumes, in particular, the destruction of the silo launchers of American ICBMs LGM-30 Minuteman.
In June 2018, it was reported that the R-30 Bulava-30 was adopted by the Russian Navy.
In May of that year, the director of the nuclear weapons information project of the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Christensen, stated that the total power of the explosion of warheads during the salvo launch of four R-30 Bulava-30 missiles at once could reach 2.4 thousand kilotons, which is equivalent to 160 Hiroshima.
ICBM R-30 Bulava-30 was developed by the Moscow Institute of Heat Engineering for arming missile carriers of project 955 Borey. Weapon tests began in 2004. Of the 32 missile launches (including the last salvo launch), seven were considered unsuccessful, and two were partially unsuccessful.
During the strategic exercises “Thunder-2019”, held on October 15-17, launches of the R-30 “Mace-30” were not carried out.
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