1st Project 955A SSBN Knyaz Vladimir & 1st Project 885M SSGN Kazan to join Russia’s Navy in 2018

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1st Project 955A SSBN Knyaz Vladimir & 1st Project 885M SSGN Kazan to join Russia’s Navy in 2018
 
The Project 955A Borei-A class nuclear-powered submarine Knyaz Vladimir and the Project 885M Yasen-M class nuclear-powered submarine Kazan will join Russia’s Navy in 2018 or one year later than planned, a source in the defense and industrial sector told TASS.
     
The Project 955A Borei-A class nuclear-powered submarine Knyaz Vladimir and the Project 885M Yasen-M class nuclear-powered submarine Kazan will join Russia’s Navy in 2018 or one year later than planned, a source in the defense and industrial sector told TASS.
Russia’s first Borey class ballistic missile nuclear submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky
(Picutre: Sevmash Shipyard)
     

Earlier, the submarines were expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2017.

"The Project 955A Borei-A class nuclear-powered submarine Knyaz Vladimir armed with ballistic missiles and the Project 885M Yasen-M class nuclear-powered submarine Kazan armed with missiles and torpedoes will be delivered to the Navy in 2018, considering the contract execution term that has been postponed," the source said.

As the source said, the submarine Kazan will be put afloat in December 2016, while the submarine Knyaz Vladimir will be floated out in March 2017.

The Russian Navy will receive the second Borei-A class submarine Knyaz Oleg and the second Yasen-M class submarine Novosibirsk in 2019. Two Borei-class submarines will join Russia’s Navy in 2020.

As a source in Russia’s defense and industrial sector told TASS earlier, the Pacific Fleet will operate four Project 955 nuclear-powered submarines next decade. The Pacific Fleet will receive another two submarines that will be built under the improved 955A project in addition to the submarines Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh currently operational with it.

According to the source, the Russian Northern and Pacific Fleets are planned to receive the same number of Borei and Yasen-class submarines.

"Each fleet is expected to receive four Borei-class submarines. In particular, the Northern Fleet will receive one baseline model and three improved versions, while the Pacific Fleet will receive two baseline models and two improved versions," the source said.

The Northern Fleet will operate four Project 885 submarines, in particular, the baseline model Severodvinsk and three improved versions, while the Pacific Fleet will use three improved versions of the Project 885 submarine.
Russia’s United Ship-Building Corporation said that five Borei-A class submarines that are being built under the 2020 state armament program "will be delivered to the Navy within the timeframe specified in the state contract."

The corporation also said that the Navy had already received three Project 955 nuclear-powered submarines.

     
     
The Project 955 SSBNs are fourth-generation nuclear-powered submarines designed to destroy strategic targets and accomplish tactical missions, e.g. to sink surface combatants and submarines. They embody the latest shipborne radio electronics advances and solutions improving the hull’s hydrodynamics and slashing the acoustic signature. Their main armament is the advanced R-30 Bulava missile system with a range exceeding 8,000 km and a multiple individually targeted re-entry vehicle warhead. The Project 955 submarines carry 16 solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missiles. They also are equipped with an emergency rescue chamber designed to accommodate the whole crew. A submarine in the class has a length of 170 m, a beam of 13.5 m, an operating depth of 450 m and a crew of 107.

The fourth-generation Project 885 and 885M nuclear-powered attack submarines armed with torpedoes and missiles are designed for destroying surface ships, submarines and land targets. A submarine in the class has a total displacement of 13,800 tons, dives to 600 m and moves under water at a speed of 30 knots. Its outer hull covers only the bow of the pressure hull to reduce the acoustic signature. The torpedo tubes are installed aft of the central control compartment, rather than in the bow for the first time in the history of Russia’s shipbuilding. The submarines of the class carry Oniks (SS-N-26 Strobile) and Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) cruise missiles and a formidable torpedo/missile system.

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