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MOSCOW, (BM) – The new nuclear submarine Khabarovsk may be launched at the end of June 2020, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agency TASS.

The exact date of the ceremony is unknown. The press service of the Navy did not comment on the information received, nor did the agency have any comments on the construction of the Sevmash submarine.

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Recall, a previously informed source said that the Khabarovsk submarine should be launched in 2019. “The Belgorod submarine is the test carrier of Poseidon, the standard carrier will be a boat of another project – 09851 Khabarovsk, which should be launched this year (2019 – approx. Ed.). Its completion will be afloat,” he said.

Later, RIA Novosti reported that the launch of the submarine in the water may occur in April-May 2020. Then it became known that the tests of a nuclear submarine can take place over two years.

According to available information, the Khabarovsk will be significantly different from the first Poseidon nuclear torpedo carrier. The new submarine, among other things, should be significantly smaller than the K-329 Belgorod.

Recall, “Belgorod” was launched on April 23, 2019. He has a long history. The submarine was laid down on the Sevmash on July 24, 1992 as the submarine cruiser of Project 949A Antey: the infamous Kursk belongs to the same project.

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Soon after the laying, construction was frozen, but after the death of Kursk a decision was made to resume construction. On December 20, 2012, the ship was reloaded on the project 09852, involving the use of the Poseidon nuclear torpedo.

For the first time, Russia showed Poseidon in 2018. Its main task is the delivery of nuclear weapons to the coast of a potential enemy. According to the general concept, the use of a torpedo should lead to extensive areas of radioactive contamination, the formation of a deadly tsunami and other devastating consequences.

Experts ambiguously evaluate the prospects of this complex. Some believe that this is a “reincarnation” of the project of the thermonuclear Soviet torpedo T-15, the development of which was carried out in the 40s of the XX century.

Military observers point to the low (against the background of the military equipment of ballistic missiles) torpedo speed, as well as its potential vulnerability to intercept. Russia, however, does not intend to abandon the production of the Poseidon torpedo: at least, such information has not been received.

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