R-39M

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R-39M
Type Strategic SLBM
Service history
In service cancelled
Production history
Manufacturer designed by Makeyev Bureau
Specifications
Warhead 10

Engine solid fuel rocket
Operational
range
>8,000 km
Guidance
system
Astro-inertial

R-39UTTH "Bark" [1] , NATO reporting name SS-NX-28, was a Russian submarine-launched ballistic missile. The missile was an upgraded version of the R-39 missile that was designed for the Typhoon class. The new missile was to be carried by the new Russian nuclear submarines of the Borei class. The third test launch of a prototype R-39M on 25 November 1998 resulted in a catastrophic failure of the SLBM's booster. The missile exploded roughly 200 meters after take-off from its ground-based launch facility. Having failed its first three test firings the project was ordered abandoned by the Russian Security Council. The missile was later replaced by the Bulava and Layner missile systems.

Submarine-launched ballistic missile Ballistic missile capable of being launched from submerged submarines

A submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is a ballistic missile capable of being launched from submarines. Modern variants usually deliver multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs) each of which carries a nuclear warhead and allows a single launched missile to strike several targets. Submarine-launched ballistic missiles operate in a different way from submarine-launched cruise missiles.

Typhoon-class submarine Class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines

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Borei-class submarine submarine class

The Borei class, also referred to as Dolgorukiy class, Russian designation Project 955 Borei and Project 955A Borei-A,, alternate transliteration Borey, is a class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines being built by Sevmash for the Russian Navy. The class is intended to replace the Soviet-era Delta III, Delta IV and Typhoon classes in Russian Navy service.

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  1. UTTH means "Improved tactical and technical characteristics"