DATELINE: WASHINGTON. Sept 17If Bulava fails again, production system will have to be altered – Serdyukov
Three consecutive test-launches of Bulava submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles are expected to be carried out before the end of 2010, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has announced.
“During the assembly, we wanted the missiles to be identical like twin-brothers,” Serdyukov told Russian reporters in Washington.
The consecutive launches of these missiles, if carried out, “must be identical in type,” he said.
“We are not pressing ahead with the launches. What is important for us is to rigorously guarantee that we assemble absolutely identical missiles which observed all technology,” Serdyukov said.
“[If] the possible flaws are identical, we will fix them. But if they vary, the entire system will have to be broken up and we will have to find out what is wrong with the production and control. Then it will become clear, that oversight over production is flawed and must be radically changed,” he said.
Serdyukov said earlier that Bulava testing would resume in the second half of September.