Russian Navy Expects Four Nuclear Submarines in 2020
MOSCOW, (BM) – The Russian Navy will get one nuclear submarine by the end of 2019 and four more – in 2020, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Defence 360 Europe.
“We will deliver one nuclear sub this year and four more – next year, strictly in line with the contract,” Sevmash shipyard Director General Mikhail Budnichenko said.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said that next year, Sevmash is to deliver the special-purpose Belgorod nuclear-powered submarine, Project-955A (Borei-A class) Knyaz Vladimir strategic submarine and two Project 885M (Yasen-M class) nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines, the Kazan and the Novosibirsk.
In July, Budnichenko said that the Knyaz Vladimir strategic submarine will be delivered to the Russian Navy by the end of 2019.
A defense industry source earlier told TASS that in 2020, for the first time since 1992, the Russian Navy would get six submarines: the four nuclear submarines mentioned by Krivoruchko plus two diesel electric subs: the Volkhov submarine of Project 636.3 (improved Kilo-class) and Project 677 (Lada-class) diesel-powered attack submarine, the Kronshtadt.
Besides, the Russian Defense Ministry plans additional deliveries of two Project 885M (Yasen-M class) nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines and two Project 955A (Borei-A class) Knyaz Vladimir strategic submarines for the Russian Navy, Krivoruchko said.
“During the Army-2010 forum, we signed a contract for an additional delivery of two Yasen-M and – the decision in principle has already been made on that – will sign a contract for two Borei-A class subs,” he said.
In total, 10 Project 885M (Yasen-M class) and Project 955A (Borei-A class) nuclear-powered submarines will be delivered to the Russian Navy by 2024 in line with the state defense procurement program.
“A decision has been made to increase the number of nuclear submarines to be delivered to the Russian Navy. We expect to get ten nuclear-powered submarines of Projects 955A and 885M by 2024,” Krivoruchko said.
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Source: Defence 360 Europe