Flight tests of the Bulava missile are expected to resume in March 2009. According to Interfax, officials are now more cautious about the prospects of the missile - no firm statements about beginning deployment in 2009 are made this time (although it is not ruled out). It looks like the plan is to have more than five flight tests of Bulava in 2009. Assuming that things go well for the missile, the tests will include a single launch and a salvo launch from the Yuri Dolgorukyy submarine.

In the last test, in December 2009, the missile failed due to a problem with the third stage.