Russia to float out new Borey class sub Dec 30

By Indo Asian News Service | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | 5:36:11 AM IST (+05:30 GMT) Comment 0 Comment

Moscow, Dec 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's Sevmash shipyard will float out a third Borey class strategic nuclear submarine - the Vladimir Monomakh - Dec 30.

Moscow, Dec 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's Sevmash shipyard will float out a third Borey class strategic nuclear submarine - the Vladimir Monomakh - Dec 30.

"The Vladimir Monomakh will be floated out on December 30 and its construction will continue as planned," said Navy Commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov.

The Borey class submarines are expected to form the core of Russia's strategic submarine fleet, replacing the ageing Project 941 (NATO Typhoon class) and Project 667 class (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats. Russia plans to build eight Borey and Borey-A class subs by 2020.

Two Borey class vessels, the Yury Dolgoruky and the Alexander Nevsky, have been already built and are undergoing sea trials.

The Yury Dolgoruky was expected to join the Russian Navy by the end of this year, but tests carried out during the latest sea trials revealed a number of technical flaws.

For instance, software glitches in the automated launch control system prevented further tests of the Bulava ballistic missile, the submarine's main weapon.

Recent statements by military officials indicated that the commissioning of the Yury Dolgoruky had been postponed until 2013, but Chirkov said it could still happen this year, if all the problems are fixed.

"If the final ongoing tests show positive results, the acceptance act could be signed by December 30," the admiral said.

A Borey class strategic submarine is 170 metres long, has a hull diameter of 13 metres, a crew of 107, including 55 officers, a maximum depth of 450 metres and a submerged speed of about 29 knots.

All the Borey class strategic submarines will carry the Bulava ballistic missiles, up to 16 ballistic missiles with multiple warheads.

The subs will be assigned to Russia's Northern and Pacific fleets.

Chirkov said that the stage-by-stage construction of infrastructure to accommodate Borey class vessels at the Northern Fleet had been going according to plans.

"It will be ready to receive the first Borey class submarine as early as in 2013," he said.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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