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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Navy Says It Tested New Missile

The Navy successfully tested a new sea-based ballistic missile Thursday after several previous failures, a naval spokesman said.

Captain Igor Dygalo said the Bulava missile hit its target on the Pacific peninsula of Kamchatka after being launched from the submarine Dmitry Donskoi in the White Sea.

President Vladimir Putin has hailed Bulava as a key component of the nation's nuclear forces for years to come and has boasted of its ability to penetrate any prospective missile defenses. However, three earlier tests of the Bulava in recent years ended in failure, raising doubts about the missile's future.

A test failure in December was not publicly announced by the military, leaking out only in newspaper reports.

The Bulava is designed to have a range of 10,000 kilometers and is designed to carry six individually targeted nuclear warheads. It is expected to be carried by three new Borei-class nuclear submarines that are under construction.

The missile is being developed by the Moscow-based Thermal Technology Institute.