MOSCOW - A new Russian nuclear submarine will be ready to test the next generation of intercontinental missiles this year, a military shipbuilding spokesman said on Tuesday.
The Yuri Dolgoruky
, the first of Russia's new Borei class of submarines, has yet to fire the Bulava missile it was made to carry because of numerous failures during testing.
"By the beginning of the navigation season all ships will be ready to carry out tests of the Bulava," said Alexander Kholodov, a representative of submarine-building shipyard Sevmash.
"This refers above all to the submarines Dmitry Donskoy
and Yuri Dolgoruky
," he said.