Russia will conduct the next test of the Bulava submarine-launched ballistic early next month, according to a Russian Defence Ministry spokesman.

The spokesman said that a salvo launch of Bulava will be carried out by the end of 2011.

“Two or more missiles will be fired in a salvo, which is a part of the plan of state tests,” Xinhua news agency quotes a spokesman as saying.

Designed by Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, the Bulava missile is capable of carrying ten warheads with a range of 8,000km and has been successfully tested eight times during the previous 15 launches.

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The Russian Navy is planning to put the missile into service by the end of 2011 or early 2012.