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Subject: 2nd Bulava Failure
Berova    10/26/2006 4:01:00 AM
From AP: New Russian ballistic missile fails Wed Oct 25, 11:13 AM ET MOSCOW - An experimental Russian ballistic missile veered off its course shortly after having been launched from a Russian nuclear submarine and fell into the sea Wednesday, officials said, its second launch failure in as many months that signals serious problems with the nation's much-lauded new weapon. The Bulava missile was launched from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine in the White Sea toward a testing range on the fareastern Kamchatka Peninsula, but it veered off its designated flight path and fell into the sea, the navy said in a statement. The previous Bulava launch from the same submarine on Sept. 7 also ended in failure, prompting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov to urge quick action to prevent the mishap from damaging plans for commissioning new Borei-class submarines. Three such submarines currently under construction are to be equipped with Bulava.
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