MOSCOW, Russia – According to Admiral Vladimir Korolev, construction of a new fifth-generation nuclear submarine for the Russian Navy has begun.
Korolev announced the project during the opening of the scientific and historical conference dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Russian submarine fleet. The ceremony took place in Severodvinsk.
During those 60 years, scientists, designers and naval builders have taken a unique path, maintaining the best traditions that have today allowed the construction of a fourth-generation nuclear submarine, as well as starting work on creating a fifth generation nuclear submarine, according to the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
The new submarines will be able to deal with complex problems in any part of the ocean. In addition, the ship will have several improvements in line with current military experience.
Russia currently has multifunctional fourth-generation submarines of the 885, 885m projects equipped with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles. In addition, the Russian navy relies on the strategic nuclear submarines of projects 955 and 955A (Borei and Borei II).
Earlier this month the North Fleet Severodvinsk multifunctional nuclear submarine carried out a cruise missile and Kalibr sea-base firing in the Barents Sea.
According to Captain Vadim Serga, “as part of the preparatory events and military drills in the new school year, the North Fleet Severodvinsk multi-functional nuclear submarine successfully conducted cruise missile firing.”
“The military exercise was carried out from the sea surface at a military training camp in the North Sea Fleet in the Barents Sea. The missile was launched at the Chizha polygon in the Arkhangelsk region,” the captain said.
According to Captain Serga, the distance from the launch point to the target was more than 700 km. The firing was carried out with predicted degree of accuracy and in accordance with all technical parameters.
Severodvinsk is the only Yasen-class submarine in the Russian Navy’s service. The submerged displacement of the vessel is 13,800 tons, with a length of 390 feet.
The submarine reaches the speed of up to 31 knots and can reach the depth of up to 600 meters. It is a fourth generation vessel with a reduced acoustic level. Severodvinsk is intended to destroy terrestrial, surface and submerged objects.