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Russian nuclear submarine Khabarovsk to be floated in autumn

According to information published by Tass on April 19, 2021, the Khabarovsk nuclear submarine of project 09851 designed to carry Poseidon unmanned underwater vehicles will be floated in autumn, a defense industry source told.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Belgorod nuclear special-designation submarine of project 09852 (Picture source: TASS)

“The floating of the Khabarovsk was postponed by several months — from May to the autumn of 2021,” the source said.

Sevmash Shipyard, which builds the submarine, refused comment.

The Khabarovsk is the second Poseidon carrier. The first one is the Belgorod submarine of project 09852. It was floated on April 23, 2019. Both submarines have to carry six Poseidon each.

The Khabarovsk class, or Project 09851 is a class of submarines under construction for the Russian Navy.

This class of submarines is based on the Borei-class submarine's hull, but is significantly smaller as it does not have the ballistic missile section. Surface displacement is reported to be about 10,000 tons, speed 30-32 knots, 500 meters diving depth, autonomy up to 120 days, crew at least 100 people. The class is intended to carry six Status-6 Oceanic Multipurpose System long-range nuclear torpedoes, and will be the second submarine to carry this weapon after Russian submarine Belgorod (K-329). The class is also likely to carry anti-ship and land-attack missiles, in addition to torpedoes.

The Poseidon is a new Russian Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) with a nuclear propulsion system and nuclear warhead.

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