On 12 December 2020, the Vladimir Monomakh submarine of the Project 955 Borey class a salvo launch of four Bulava missiles from the Sea of Okhotsk toward the Chizha test range. It was the first Bulava launch conducted by a submarine based in the Pacific Fleet and the second four-missile salvo launch of Bulava. The previous launch of this kind took place in May 2018, when the missiles were launched from the Yuri Dolgorukiy submarine.

Vladimir Monomakh conducted its first launch in September 2014. In November 2015 it launched two Bulava missiles. That test did not go well - one missile was said to be damaged as it was leaving the launch tube and ended up missing its target (the second one was destroyed shortly after launch, but that appears to be deliberate). Some reports suggested that Vladimir Monomakh would try to launch a salvo again in June 2016, but it departed to the Pacific Fleet in August 2016 without repeating the attempt.

The test launch followed the strategic force exercise that took place on 9 December 2020.

The launches on 12 December 2020 were the 35-38th tests of Bulava. The 34th test took place in October 2019.