Top Russian ICBMs designer resigns after 6 failed launches
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Top Russian ICBMs designer resigns after 6 failed launches

22 Jul, 06:22 PM

The head of an institute developing a sea-based version of Russia's newest strategic missile has quit following repeated failures of the weapon in testing, officials said Wednesday.

Yury Solomonov, head of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, was the most senior official to date to take responsibility for the string of failures of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, which is in development, AFP writes.

"After the latest unsuccessful launch of the Bulava rocket, Yury Solomonov has submitted a resignation letter," a source in the country's space industry said.

The resignation came after the Russian defense ministry said last Thursday that a Bulava missile had exploded after launching from the nuclear-powered submarine Dmitry Donskoy off northern Russia.

The failure of the missile, reportedly the sixth in 11 test-firings, was described by defense experts as a serious setback for the Russian military's drive to revamp its Soviet-era missile arsenal.

The Bulava, which can be equipped with up to 10 individually targeted nuclear warheads, has a maximum range of 8,000 kilometers.

Tags: missiles. Bulava

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