Russia to float out the Project 885M nuclear-powered submarine

According to information published by Tass on July 26, 2021, the Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) will float out the advanced Project 885M (Yasen-M) nuclear-powered missile-carrying underwater cruiser Krasnoyarsk on July 30, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Project 885M lead nuclear-powered submarine Kazan (Picture source: Tass)

The Sevmash Shipyard is currently completing preparations for launching the Krasnoyarsk. The readiness of the latest nuclear-powered sub for its float-out will be reported to the Russian Navy’s chief soon, it said.

Russian Navy Chief Yevmenov earlier made a planned working trip to Severodvinsk where he held a meeting on the 2021 program of delivering warships to the Navy.

Currently, seven Project 885M submarines are at various stages of their construction at the Sevmash Shipyard. The Project 885M lead nuclear-powered submarine Kazan was handed over to the Russian Navy on May 7. Project 885/885M submarines are armed with Kalibr-PL and Oniks cruise missiles as their basic strike weapons.

The Yasen-M class is an improved version of the Yasen nuclear attack submarine using an advanced design that increases its ability to detect enemy vessels at speeds far higher than those of its predecessors. A new power supply and acoustic defense systems have been developed for the boat in order to reduce the noise signature and increase its stealth capability. The boat features optimized hull shape, upgraded electronic warfare (EW) and automation systems, two more vertical launching system silos, a pump-jet propulsion system allowing for silent operation and new torpedo tubes.

The Yasen-M is equipped with eight VLS Vertical Launching System able to fire anti-ship and cruise missiles, ten torpedo tubes (533 mm), and Igla-M surface-to-air missiles. The Oniks, also known as Yakhont is a Russian-made supersonic anti-ship cruise missile developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya. The missile has an operational range of 600 km.

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