The Russian Navy will get one nuclear submarine by the end of 2019 and four more – in 2020, Sevmash shipyard Director General Mikhail Budnichenko told reporters on Monday.

“We will deliver one nuclear sub this year and four more – next year, strictly in line with the contract,” he 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.

Additional Contracts

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.

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“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.

Borei Project

Project 955 and Project 955A underwater cruisers are referred to the fourth generation of nuclear-powered submarines and are part of Russia’s nuclear triad. Borei submarines are armed with Bulava solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missiles. Each submarine is capable of carrying up to 16 such ICBMs.

The submarines will replace third-generation 667BDR strategic missile-carrying submarines in the Pacific Fleet and 667BDRM subs in the Northern Fleet.

The Project 955 and 955A submarines have been developed by the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering. The Sevmash Shipyard continues building four Project 955A submarines (the Knyaz Oleg, the Generalissimus Suvorov, the Emperor Alexander III and the Knyaz Pozharsky).

According to open sources, Borei-A submarines feature an upgraded hull, new electronics and better stealth technology compared to their predecessors.

Yasen Project

Russia’s Sevmash Shipyard has built and delivered the baseline Project 885 Yasen-class submarine Severodvinsk to the Navy. It has entered service with Russia’s Northern Fleet. The improved Project 885M Yasen-M lead submarine Kazan is currently undergoing trials.

Five more Project 885M submarines are at various stages of their construction. The Project 885 and Project 885M submarines have been developed by the St. Petersburg-based Malakhit Marine Engineering Bureau.


Source: TASS

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  1. 667BDR = Delta-class (166m/18,200t). The more recent famous Typhoon-class (Project 941 Akula; 175m/48,000t) was fully retired but the single unit that was modofied for the tests of the Bulava SLBM which equips the Borei-class (170m/24,200t)
    Complement : Delta : 135; Typhoon : 160; Borei : 107

    Delta-class is armed with 16 R-29RMU Sineva missiles. The factory that used to build these (and the RS-28 Sarmat = Satan-II) has burnt last spring.
    At the present day, Russia only still builds the Buleva for submarines and the land based Yars as intercontinental ballistic missiles, both derivate from the Topol-M with many parts in common…

    885M Yasen-M class is to replace the 155m/19,400t Oscar-II class (like the Kursk; 155m; 19,400t, complement 107). Oscar-II are armed with 24x P-700 Granit cruise missiles.
    Yasen-M are 139.5m/13,800t with a complement of 64 and carry 40 Kalibr cruise missiles.

    As I already pointed, we have a serious rationalisation of equipments : Kalibr is becoming the standard cruise missile for all Russian armed forces and just like the Tomahawk, can also be launched through torpedo tubes. The much bigger P-700 Granit, P-800 Oniks etc are set to disappear : you can carry 4 Kalibr instead of a P-700/800 and I have severe doubts on the future of the hypersonic Zircon considering its huge size and huge costs

    So is it for the big ballistic missiles : forget about the monstrous 200t RS-28 Sarmat able to annihilate a 2 millions km² country alone or carry a Tsar-Bomba, such a doomsday weapon would cost fortunes, is ridiculous and can’t move while uses liquid fuel so by the time you load the fuel, your missile base has been attacked for long, moreover, its size makes it an easy target for ABMs…
    The Yars and Bulava being Topol-M derivates make more sense.
    The railroad launcher for Topol-M/Yars has been abandoned too.

    For shorter range, the Iskander has been made in air-launched version for MiG-31/Tu-22M, the Kh-47 Khrinzhal… It’s also serious reason I tend to see no future for the 3M22 Zircon: Iskander is already hypersonic at Mach6…
    In fact, Zircon seems more into pushing the west into building overexpensive cruise missiles…

    In fact, if we want something similar to Iskander, we can re-introduce the French EADS (Airbus) Hades ballistic missile, as Zircon equivalent, US can reintroduce the 1961 AGM-48 Skybolt, when it comes to Kalibr, the French ASMP-A could be mounted as a MdCN 2nd stage instead of a SCALP-EG derivate, just like it was proposed to French govt. by MBDA as a replacement to the Exocet…

    Forget the nuke-powered cruise missile, its nuke engine just exploded during tests and frankly, a drone submarine with a 200 megatons bomb to make radioactive tsunamis, c’mon! Russia has just reduced her military budget to a level very close to France or UK or India.
    My 2 cents that the burning of the Sineva/Sarmat, the accident on the nuclear-engine for the cruise missile or the sinking of the Kunetsov dry dock, are not so accidental, she has proven herself of dubious efficiency in Syria (and do not expect a lot more for the 2 Chinese ships of the same class or from J-15 as a Su-33 surrogate).

    It’s obvious I was -again- right when I announced a rationalisation of Russian forces and the burning of bad-fat : things have went exactly in the direction I predicted…
    Maybe should I become Russian : seems I have few issues at thinking like Putin, so I could replace him when he retires and it’d surely smooth the relations with the west 🙂