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Russian Shipyard Floats Out First Serial Borei-A-Class Nuclear-Powered Submarine

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Russian Shipyard Floats Out First Serial Borei-A-Class Nuclear-Powered Submarine

Workers at the launching ceremony of the nuclear powered missile underwater cruiser Knyaz Vladimir of Project 955A at the Sevmash military shipyard.

The first serial Project 955A (Borei-A) strategic nuclear-powered missile-carrying submarine Knyaz Oleg was floated out on Thursday, the Sevmash shipbuilding plant’s press service said.

The official ceremony to float out the Knyaz Oleg strategic nuclear-powered missile-carrying submarine of the Borei-A class took place at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk on 16 July.

The ceremony was attended by officials from the Defense Ministry, the Russian Navy, the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Sevmash and other agencies.

The lead submarine of Project 955A, the Knyaz Vladimir, has already entered service with the Russian Navy. It arrived to Gadzhiyevo, the main base of the Northern Fleet’s submarine forces, on July 3.

Project 955A strategic missile-carrying underwater cruisers represent the fourth generation of nuclear-powered subs built for the Russian Navy. According to Russia’s Defence Ministry, Borei-A-class submarines are quieter and feature improved manoeuvring, depth and armament control systems. LINK

The Borei Class submarines have lower displacement levels than the Typhoon Class, which can carry a similar number of missiles. Yury Dolgoruky could carry 16 missiles, while the improved versions of the Borei Class submarines may carry up to 20.

All Borei-class submarines can carry 16 Bulava ballistic missiles. They are also furnished with 533mm torpedo tubes. The SS-N-32 “Bulava” is an intercontinental-range, submarine-launched, solid propellant ballistic missile. Along with the SS-25 and the SS-27, both land-based ICBMs, the Bulava missiles are a core component of Russia’s strategic nuclear force. Development of the program began in the 1990’s with official production commencing around 2007-2008. LINK

The submarine also carries six of the SS-N-15 missiles. Each SS-N-15 is a 533mm calibre anti-ship missile that has a range of 45km and is capable of being fitted with a 20kt warhead or a type 40 torpedo. LINK

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