R-29RMU Sineva

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Type Strategic SLBM
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 2007–present
Used by Russian Navy
Production history
Manufacturer ZMZ / KMZ
Weight 40.3 tonnes
Length 14.8 meters
Diameter 1.9 m
Warhead 4 or 8 minor yield

Engine three-stage liquid propellant
8,300 km (max range),[1][2] longest distance ever reached with least payload is 11,547 km [3]
Accuracy 500 meters[1][2]

The R-29RMU Sineva (Russian: Синева, lit. "blueness"), code RSM-54 , is a Russian liquid-fueled submarine-launched ballistic missile GRAU GRAU index 3M27 , designation SS-N-23A Skiff.[4] It can carry four warheads and is designed to be launched from Delta IV class submarines, which are armed with 16 missiles each.

The first full-range test was reportedly conducted on October 11, 2008; the reported range was 11,547 kilometers. The R-29RMU entered service in 2007 and is expected to remain in service until at least 2030.[4][5][6]

Current plans call for the construction of approximately 100 such missiles.[7]

The Sineva missile has reportedly been modified into R-29RMU2.1 "Liner" missile as of 2012.[8]


At its height in 1984, the Soviet Navy conducted over 100 SSBN patrols.[9] The Russian Navy declined during the 1990s, with no SSBN patrols carried out in 2001–2002.[9] The development of the Sineva is part of a program tasked with "preventing the weakening of Russia's nuclear deterrent."[10]

The R-29RMU Sineva is seen as a rival to the solid propellant Bulava SLBM. Originally, the Russian Navy was slated to receive the Sineva missile in 2002, but the first test was conducted only in 2004. The missile was eventually commissioned in 2007.[6]


Initial launch failures[edit]

Failed Sineva test launches took place during the strategic command exercise “Security-2004” (held 10–18 February 2004), which also included the launch of a Molniya communication satellite and an R-36 missile. The launch failures involving nuclear submarines Novomoskovsk and Karelia may have been caused by a military satellite blocking the launch signal; this incident did not lead to any serious consequences for the K-407 Novomoskovsk strategic nuclear submarine. March 1, 2004 saw then Russian president Vladimir Putin instructing the acting defence minister to carry out an investigation in order to determine the reason of the launch failures of the three RSM-54 missiles in mid-February.

Successful launches[edit]

March 17, 2004 saw Novomoskovsk nuclear submarine of the Russian Northern Fleet perform a successful launch of the RSM-54 Sineva. The missile’s two warheads reportedly hit their targets. President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov observed a successful test launch of the Sineva missile from the SSBN Yekaterinburg.

Further successful launches were conducted by K-84 Yekaterinburg on September 8, 2006. The missile was launched from an ice-covered polar region toward the Chizha test site at the Kanin Peninsula. The three warheads were reported to have successfully reached their targets.

Another successful launch was performed on 4 March 2010 from the Barents Sea. This was followed by more launches on 6 August 2010, when a K-114 Tula fired two missiles towards the Kura Test Range. Two more launches were carried out on May 20, 2011 and July 27, 2011, both successful.[11][12]

On May 8, 2014, Sineva has been successfully tested during a large nuclear exercise personally supervised by President Vladimir Putin.[13]

The most recent underwater launch occurred on November 5, 2014 when the Tula submarine hit targets at the Kura Test Range firing from the Barents Sea.[14]



See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b http://in.rbth.com/economics/2014/04/07/russian_submarines_armed_with_new_lethal_ballistic_missile_34321
  3. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/russia/r29rmu.htm
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  5. ^ "Does Russia need a "half-baked" missile and another new tank?". Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
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  9. ^ a b "the nuclear information project: Soviet/Russian nuclear submarine patrols". Nukestrat.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  10. ^ "BMD Focus: Sineva launch success". Spacedaily.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  11. ^ "Нпсфхе: Блт Пняяхх Опнхгбек Сяоеьмши Гюосяй "Яхмебш"". Lenta.ru. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  12. ^ "Russia test fires Sineva missile in Barents Sea | Defense | RIA Novosti". En.rian.ru. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  13. ^ "Russia Conducts Large-Scale Nuclear Attack Exercise". Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "АПЛ "Тула" успешно выполнила пуск баллистической ракеты "Синева"". РИА Новости. Retrieved 23 December 2014.