A source in the Russian military department told RIA Novosti that the Russian Navy on 13 July launched a full sea-based ballistic missile RSM-54 "Blue" (by NATO - SS-N-23 Skiff).
According to a source, the launch was carried out with the strategic submarine of project 667 (BDRM), the Northern Fleet (by NATO - the Delta-4 "). Where tests, they told journalists not.
Earlier, July 13, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia has successfully conducted a test of strategic sea-based missiles, but did not specify its name. A source in the Defense Ministry, spoke to the correspondent of agency "Interfax", are also not told the name of weapons, but said that the launch took place on the program of extending the life of the missiles. "
Three-stage liquid-range ballistic missile "Blue" was adopted by the summer of 2007. According to RIA Novosti, its length is about 15 meters, diameter - 1,9 meter, and the starting weight - about 40 tons. In autumn 2008, "Blue" has set a record distance flight - 11 thousand 547 kilometers (with the estimated range of 8300 kilometers). Russia plans to release about 100 of these missiles.
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