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Periscope on new Rus­sian SSBNs

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence Inindia -

The Rus­sian MoD have an­nounced that tri­als of its new­est im­proved Borei- class ( Borei- A) SSBN will start in 2018. The boat was launched at the Sev­mash ship­yard in Severod­vinsk on 17 Novem­ber 2017 named Knyaz Vladimir (Prince Vladimir, for Vladimir the Great). The Rus­sian MoD has or­dered a to­tal of eight Borei- class ves­sels with three al­ready in ser­vice ( Borei- class) and the re­main­der ( im­proved Borei- A class) un­der var­i­ous stages of con­struc­tion. The Rus­sian Navy has in­di­cated that the sig­na­ture of the Borei-A ships is “con­sid­er­ably re­duced.”

Rus­sian de­fence of­fi­cials have also re­ported that R&D for an­other up­graded vari­ant of the class, Borei-B has com­menced. Rus­sian Navy Com­man­der-in-Chief Vladimir Korolyov stated that the time­frame for build­ing Borei-B sub­marines would be­come clear af­ter the con­cep­tual de­sign of these un­der­wa­ter cruis­ers was com­pleted. “We are be­gin­ning to work ac­tively on this pro­ject from 2018 and I be­lieve that this will hap­pen very soon and we will spec­ify the dates fol­low­ing the re­sults of the first stage, that is, the work on the out­line de­sign,” the Naval Chief said.

Mean­while, the Rus­sian MoD is pro­ceed­ing with a re­fit and mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme of pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion SSBNs that are al­ready in ser­vice. In late 2017, the Zvy­oz­dochka ship re­pair yard in Severod­vinsk com­pleted the re­fit and mod­erni­sa­tion of the Delta-IV class SSBN Tula. The main­te­nance work for the sub­ma­rine’s life ex­ten­sion started in 2015 and took two years in­clud­ing tri­als. Two sis­ter ships, Verkho­tu­rye and Eka­ter­in­burg, have un­der­gone the same ren­o­va­tion al­ready, while a fourth SSBN of the class, Bryansk, has ar­rived at Zvy­oz­dochka for life ex­ten­sion work to com­mence this year.

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