The American magazine Popular Mechanics called the salvo launch of four R-30 Bulava-30 ballistic missiles at once from the K-551 Vladimir Monomakh strategic submarine missile cruiser of Project 955 Borey of the Russian Navy as a “preview of the end of civilization” …
As noted by the publication, the missiles flew over almost the entire territory of Russia, from a place north of Japan to a place near Finland, and stressed that “it’s good that it was just a test.”
The authors of the publication call the R-30 Bulava-30 an analogue of the American UGM-133A Trident II D5 missile.
On December 14, CNN, citing sources in the military, reported that due to a training launch of Bulava ballistic missiles from the Vladimir Monomakh nuclear submarine, a threat warning was triggered at the US Ramstein airbase in Germany on Saturday. According to the channel’s sources, after receiving a warning about the threat of an attack at the airbase, “several minutes of uncertainty and alarm” began.
The launch of four missiles at once was carried out on December 12 as part of planned combat training activities for the first time. The destination was the Chizha training ground in the Arkhangelsk region. The flight of the Bulava ballistic missiles took place in the normal mode, and the warheads successfully arrived in the designated area. When preparing and conducting salvo rocket firing, the crew of the agro-industrial complex showed high professionalism and maritime training.
Later, the Ministry of Defense published footage of the missile launch.
The strategic missile submarine Vladimir Monomakh is a fourth generation nuclear submarine. It was launched in December 2012.
In mid-November 2015, her crew fired two Bulava ballistic missiles from the White Sea at the Kura training ground in Kamchatka from a submerged position. The first Bulava was launched from it in September 2014.