Russia to Launch 1st Project 955A SSBN Submarine Knyaz Vladimir in August-September 2017
The Project 955A Borei-A class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Vladimir will be floated out in August or September 2017, a source in Russia’s defense industry told TASS.
The K-535 Yuriy Dolgorukiy, first Project 955 Borey-class SSBN
"The fourth Borei-class submarine is planned to be put afloat in August or September 2017," the source said in reply to the relevant question.
The submarine Knyaz Vladimir was laid down in 2012. It will be the fourth out of eight Project 955 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines and the first vessel built under improved project 955A. Russia’s Navy has already received three Project 955 submarines. The submarines Knyaz Oleg and Generalissimo Suvorov were laid down in 2014. The submarines Emperor Alexander III and Knyaz Pozharsky were laid down in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Each submarine carries 16 Bulava (NATO reporting name: SS-NX-32) intercontinental ballistic missiles.
A source in Russia’s defense industry told TASS earlier that the submarine Knyaz Vladimir would join the Navy in 2018 or one year later than planned.
The submarine was expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2017.
About Project 955A On 15 December 2009, a Defense Ministry official announced that the laying down of the fourth Project 955 Borei-class submarine had been postponed from December to the first quarter of 2010. The reason for the delay was said to be "organizational and technical reasons". The fourth ship of the 955 class will actually be the first improved "955A" variant. It is reported by unnamed sources that this modification will include major structural changes and probably other changes. Two Project 955A submarines, the Knyaz Oleg and Generalissimo Suvorov, were laid down in 2014. The Project 955A submarine Emperor Alexander III was laid down in 2015.