CURIOUS LIGHTS: An odd light phenomenon can be seen over a military base in Skjold in northern Norway on Dec. 9. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
The Bulava intercontinental missile has been billed as Russia's newest technological breakthrough to support its nuclear deterrent, but the repeated test failures are an embarrassment for the Kremlin.The 37-tonne, 12-metre (39-foot) intercontinental ballistic missile, known as the Bulava-30 inside the Russian military, is capable of carrying multiple warheads to the distances of up to 8,000 km (5,000 miles). Some sources say the Bulava can carry up to six warheads, others say up to 10.
With this latest failed test, analysts believe the Bulava missile is a doomed program that should be scrapped. That, or Russia could make a mint selling the technology for lightshows around the world.
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