Russia recently announced a successful test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying nuclear warheads, marking a significant development in the country’s nuclear capabilities.

The launch of the “Bulava” missile comes at a time of heightened global concern as Russia revokes its ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)—further exacerbating the deepening tensions between Russia and the United States, who have accused Moscow of using reckless nuclear rhetoric.

Russia’s Successful Bulava Missile Test

On Sunday, November 5, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the successful launch of the Bulava ICBM from one of its submarines, the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine cruiser Imperator Alexander III.

The missile was fired from an underwater position in the White Sea, located on Russia’s northwest coast, and reached its target thousands of kilometers away on the Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.

“Firing a ballistic missile is the final element of state tests, after which a decision will be made to accept the cruiser into the Navy,” a ministry statement said, cited by Reuters.

The Bulava missile, approximately 12 meters (40 feet) in length, is designed to be a cornerstone of Russia’s nuclear triad, comprising land-based ICBMs, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and strategic bombers.