MOSCOW, December 21 (RIA Novosti) - The test launch of the Bulava ballistic missile was successful, the Russian defense minister said Wednesday.
"The launch has been conducted successfully," Sergei Ivanov said in a report to the Russian President. "The separation of all stages, combat and simulation blocks occurred according to pre-set parameters."
It was earlier reported that the missile was launched Wednesday from the submerged Dmitry Donskoy, a Typhoon-class ballistic missile submarine, and successfully hit its dummy target at the Kura test site on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
"What is important is that the submarine was moving [underwater], it was not stationary," the minister said.
Ivanov also said the tests of the Bulava missile would continue in 2006.
"We are fairly certain that the [Bulava] missile system, and a new submarine to be equipped with it, will be deployed by our navy in 2008," he said.
Russia's Borey-class nuclear submarines will be equipped with Bulava missiles. Two submarines are being built at the Sevmash plant in Severodvinsk in the Arkhangelsk Region, in north European Russia.