Russia Successfully Tests Intercontinental Nuclear Missile

Following the test, Vladimir Putin signed a decree taking direct charge of the military-industrial commission that overses Russia's defense industry.

AP

Russia carried out a successful test of its new Bulava intercontinental nuclear missile on Wednesday and will perform two more test launches in October and November, the head of its naval forces said.

Following the test, Vladimir Putin signed a decree taking direct charge of the military-industrial commission that overses Russia's defense industry.

Putin also said NATO was using rhetoric over the conflict in Ukraine to "resuscitate itself" and that Russia had warned repeatedly that it would have to respond to such moves. 

According to Walla News, the Russian submarine Vladimir II carried out the first successful test of an intercontinental missile capable of carrying up to 10 nuclear warheads. The missile was launched from deep in the ocean.

The 12-meter long Bulava, or mace, has undergone numerous tests, some of which have failed, causing setbacks for the project that aims to be the cornerstone of Russia's nuclear arsenal over the next decade.

A Bulava missile weighs 36.8 tons and can travel up to 8,000 km (5,000 miles).