The flight test of the Bulava missile which was conducted today is reported to be successful. The missile was launched from the Dmitri Donskoy submarine submerged in the White Sea toward the Kura test site in Kamchatka. According to the Navy representative, all warheads (other sources mention one warhead) reached the test site.

Previous launch, which took place on September 18, 2008, was also initially reported a success. Later, however, it was reported that the missile had problems.

This is a ninth flight test of the Bulava missile. If the success is confirmed, it will be the fourth successful or partially successful launch.

UPDATE 11/29/08: The test appears to be successful. Moreover, the Navy representative emphasized that this was the first "fully successful" test, indicating that reports of the problems in earlier tests were true.

UPDATE 12/01/08: A source in the Navy was quoted as saying that one more Bulava test is scheduled this year.