The firing of Russia’s R-30 “Bulava 30” submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) does not include the possibility of breaking through the ice, writes military expert Maxim Klimov in an article for LiveJournal.
According to him, the R-30 Bulava 30 can only be fired from a Borei-class nuclear submarine through “a large, clean opening in the ice”. Searching for such an opening could take an extremely long time, which is incompatible with the high missile readiness required of the naval strategic nuclear forces, the expert claims.
Klimov writes that if the Supreme Commander-in-Chief gave the order to fire an R-30 Bulava 30 from beneath the ice, it would only be possible in one or two days’ time, once the submarine found a suitable opening. The expert considers such a situation “nonsense”.
Klimov points out that the R-39UTTKh “Bark” SLBM, the development of which ended in the late 1990s, lacked the shortcomings of the R-30 Bulava-30. In his opinion, “the option to pass through the ice when firing an SLBM” is “critically necessary” for fourth generation submarines.
The expert draws attention to a number of inconsistencies in what various officials have said. For example, Major General Yevgeny Ilyin, acting head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s chief directorate for international military cooperation, said that the R-30 Bulava 30 would be used during Russia’s Grom-2019 strategic nuclear forces exercise in October, but this did not actually happen.
Klimov considers it “absolutely abnormal and unacceptable” that the nuclear submarines Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh have not practiced firing an R-30 Bulava 30 since being transferred to the Pacific Fleet. He believes that this could be due to the fact that the submarines’ permanent base in Vilyuchinsk (Kamchatka) was actually not ready to accept Borei-class submarines, despite the claims by numerous officials and news outlets that it was.
In August, the Russian military expert Dmitry Boltenkov said that project 955 Borei-class submarines usually fire R-30 Bulava 30 missiles from the Barents or White Sea, which could indicate that certain elements of the Borei-Bulava system have been inadequately developed or are not yet ready.
In June, The National Interest wrote that the accuracy of the R-30 Bulava 30 is insufficient for use in a “first strike” scenario, which would require it to destroy the US’s LGM-30 Minuteman silos.
In December 2018, Doctor Igor Gladkov, a correspondent at the Konstantin Tsiolkovsky Academy of Cosmonautics, said that the large number of test launches of the R-30 Bulava is due to the imperfection of Russia’s trajectory measuring instruments, since this equipment was produced in Ukraine.
The R-30 Bulava 30 SLBM was developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology for use on project 955 Borei-class submarines. Testing of the missile began in 2004. Out of 33 launches from submarines, seven were unsuccessful and two partially unsuccessful.
The large number of test launches of the R-30 Bulava is due to the imperfection of Russia’s trajectory measuring instruments, since this equipment was produced in Ukraine.
Russian can invent and build everything, only they need Ukrainians to invent and to build it.
What a superpower! Bad weather and ice prevent their superweapons from working properly! Ha, ha, HA!
I can see Muscovy letting loose a nuke under a km of ice, and blowing half the arctic up.
Maybe that’s what they tried to do with Kursk, luckily it exploded inside the sub 😉
That last experiment with a sub didn’t go to well either. 😂
I can’t understand how their partners still find their weapons reliable, when used they will kill their own forces 🙂
Bribes maybe? 😉
They all have an account in Deutsche Bank & Casino 😀
Maybe they will ask Trump to build a casino, he has experience in that field. 😂
Well, add Biden. He has experience in cheating and denying. 😀
Yeah, but he never made a casino go bankrupt. LMAO
Nope. Only the whole US, together with Obummer. 😂
Obama was an asshole who caused Ukraine more problems than he solved.
And he financially ruined the States. Everybody accuses Trump of betraying our allies. But if you are broke as a result of both Bush and Obama – you have to act. All tariffs, whining about Nato payments and following a non-intervention doctrine are caused by the fact that we have no money.
Not sure the US are broke, they have increased defense spending by over $200 billion since Trump took over.
And all three went bankrupt! How can you bankrupt a casino?
Quite easy it seems. 😁
By not cheating? 😀
Good for us. 😂
Nukes should be banned completely, but since NK and Iran may have some we can’t achieve this goal. Also who guarantees that some assholes won’t secretly keep some nukes despite binding treaties. I say: enjoy the radiation and a planet of zombies and mutants. The assholes who developed these weapons should be burning in a hellfire until the end of eternity! Cheers!
That would be an American called J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was involved in the Manhattan project, and a Hungarian called Edward Teller who invented the H bomb.
I recently met some folks from Nagasaki. I felt like a POS. We could also have nuked the countryside first, before nuking big cities. Anyway, today only Putler and his lackeys still threaten to deploy nukes, to continue illegal invasions and mass-murder…
Two nukes was a bit over the top, one nuke and the Japs would have got the message. Anyway why feel like a POS, the Japs were bastards.
You obviously never met their women. 😂
Not sure too many Americans met their women during the war either. LMAO
But after. 😉
The United States warned Japan that we were going to use a devastating weapon before we dropped the first bomb. We asked for their surrender and they said no before we dropped the second bomb. I believe that the use of these weapons saved American AND Japanese lives as they surrendered before we had to invade mainland Japan and the war of attrition that would have followed
“…the large number of test launches of the R-30 Bulava is due to the imperfection of Russia’s trajectory measuring instruments, since this equipment was produced in Ukraine.”
Well, perhaps first learn how to read Ukrainian, idiots.