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Russia's Lada sub trials to be completed in 2009

11.06.2009 Source: en.rian.ru

The Defense Ministry plans to complete sea trials of a new diesel Lada-class submarine this year, a military official said on Wednesday.

"The Navy will complete trials of the Lada-class submarine equipped with new sonar systems in 2009," said Maj. Gen. Alexander Shevchenko, in charge of the Armed Forces' armaments maintenance and support.

A deputy head of the Navy General Staff said in March that the first Lada-class would enter service with the Russian Navy in 2010.

The Project 677 diesel submarine, developed by the Rubin design bureau, features an advanced anti-sonar coating for its hull, an extended cruise range, and advanced anti-ship and anti-submarine weaponry, including Club-S cruise missile systems.

The construction of the sub began in 1997 at St. Petersburg's Admiralty Shipyards. Two other submarines of the same class - the Kronshtadt and the Sevastopol - are being built by the company.

The Lada-class vessels will gradually replace the Kilo class submarines, which are sometimes called "Black Holes" for their ability to avoid detection, and are considered to be among the quietest diesel-electric submarines in the world.

The Russian Navy is planning to have a total of eight Lada-class submarines in the future.

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