The meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission (VPK) that was expected to consider the future of the Bulava missile apparently took place a week or so ago. The commission agreed that at this point there is no alternative to the Bulava project, so it will continue. Yuri Solomonov promised that MITT will deliver the goods eventually.

At this point the only certain thing is that Bulava and Yuri Dolgorukiy will not enter service this year, as Solomonov promised earlier. And probably not the next year. Some reports mentioned 2012 as the new target - I'd be rather skeptical about those, but it does not seem out of question either. Whatever the new target, I don't think it's a problem for Russia at all - it's not like it needs Bulava.