Today Navy CINC, Admiral Vladimir Vysotskiy announced four more tests of the Bulava SLBM this year. According to Interfaks, Vysotskiy said plans call for a salvo launch either this year or next, depending on the state commission overseeing the Bulava’s testing.
Last Wednesday, a defense sector source told Interfaks to expect the next Bulava test in a month. Originally, the source said, it was supposed to be a salvo launch a month after the successful June 28 test from Yuriy Dolgorukiy. But analysis of the June flight test and preparation for the next took longer than expected. This source said the 16th test will be in late August, or possibly even fall. He said Dolgorukiy will fire two Bulava SLBMs, one after another.
On June 30, Vysotskiy claimed the second proyekt 955, Borey-class SSBN Aleksandr Nevskiy will finish sea trials, and test fire a Bulava this year. But he didn’t repeat the claim today.