Friday, January 18, 2013

Russia will lay down another 2 upgraded Borey-A class SSBN submarines in 2013

This year, Russia will lay down another 2 upgraded Borey-A class / Project 955A submarines, which can carry 4 more Bulava ballistic missiles than the 16 of the previous Borey class submarines.

The first of the Borey class submarines, the Yury Dolgoruky, officially entered service with Russia's Northern Fleet on January 10. The second, the Alexander Nevsky, is undergoing sea trials and the third, the Vladimir Monomakh, was floated out on December 30.

The first of the upgraded Borey-A class, the Knyaz Vladimir, was laid down on July 2012. The second, the Alexander Suvorov, will be laid down during Navy Day celebrations on July 28 this year and the third, the Mikhail Kutuzov, will be laid down in November 2013.

The submarines are to replace all previous Project 941 and Project 667 class submarines. The Russian Navy plans to have 3 Borey class and 5 Borey-A class submarines by 2020.

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