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Russian Navy to receive two advanced nuclear-powered subs in December

The Russian Navy is planned to receive the Project 955A Borei-A class and Project 885M Yasen-M class nuclear-powered submarines Knyaz Oleg and Novosibirsk by the end of this year, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said: “In December, the first serial nuclear-powered submarines Knyaz Oleg [NATO reporting name: Dolgorukiy-class] and Novosibirsk [Severodvinsk-class] are planned to be delivered,” the defense minister said at a conference call.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Project 955A Borei-A submarine Knyaz Oleg (Picture source: Oleg Kuleshov)

The Russian Navy currently operates four Project 955/955A submarines. Each of the submarines carries 16 Bulava (SS-NX-32) ICBMs. Russia’s Sevmash Shipyard is also building six Project 885M nuclear-powered submarines.

The Borei class, alternate transliteration Borey, Russian designation Project 955 Borei and Project 955A Borei-A (NATO reporting name: Dolgorukiy) are a series of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines being constructed by Sevmash for the Russian Navy. The class is projected to replace the Soviet-era Delta III, Delta IV, and Typhoon classes in the Russian Navy service.

Despite being a replacement for many types of SSBNs, Borei-class submarines are much smaller than those of the Typhoon class in both volume and crew (24,000 tons opposed to 48,000 tons and 107 personnel as opposed to 160 for the Typhoons). In terms of class, they are more accurately a follow-on for the Delta IV-class SSBNs.

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