US intelligence services tell about Burevestnik ill-fated tests carried out by Russia
Test missile launches were carried out from November, 2017, up to February, 2018. Another launch was made in 2019. They all failed and ended in breakdown.
The US intelligence services have found that Russia had flight-tested a nuclear engine of a cruise missile Burevestnik for at least 5 times, and all the tests had failed, reports CNBC with reference to sources within the country’s special services.
The source of the agency says the test missile launches were carried out from November, 2017, up to February, 2018. Another launch was made in 2019. They all failed and ended in breakdown.
According to the source, the longest-running flight lasted for more than 2 minutes. The missile went 22 miles (a bit more than 35 km) and after that the control was lost and it broke down. The shortest flight took 4 seconds.
The US intelligence services assume that Russia is going to add urgency to the work on the project in order for the missiles enter service by 2025.
On August 8, explosion occurred at a military firing range near Severodvinsk. The American special services believe this happened as a result of an attempt to take a missile from the seabed where it had found itself after the previous unsuccessful flight-test.
According to the official information, the explosion occurred during examination of a liquid jet propulsion system with isotopic sources of energy. 5 employees of Rosatom and 2 representatives of the Ministry of Defense died then. After the explosion, Rosgidromet reported about exceedence of power supply of gamma rays by 4-16 times from 8 places in Severodvinsk. However, these numbers started to fall soon after. Independent expert within the nuclear industry - a head of Atominfo Aleksander Uvarov - says that the short-time exceedence of radiation level after the incident was not a danger for the locals.