A-class nuclear sub Prince Vladimir fires a Bulava ballistic missile

Russia’s Borei A-class strategic nuclear submarine Prince Vladimir has successfully test fired a Bulava ballistic missile, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The missile was launched from an underwater position in the White Sea to the Kura range on the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia, it said in a statement.

The flight of the missile proceeded in normal mode, and its dummy warheads were delivered to the range at a set time, it said.

Borei-A-class submarines, capable of carrying up to 16 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles each, are an upgraded version of previous Borei-class vessels. These submarines are expected to form the basis of Russia’s naval strategic nuclear force.

Four Borei-class submarines have been built so far. The Yuri Dolgoruky submarine is serving the Northern Fleet, while the other two — Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh — are with the Pacific Fleet.

The Prince Vladimir was floated out in 2017 and is undergoing sea trials.