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New SSBN to be laid down at Sevmash in December

25.11.2009
New Borei-A-class strategic submarine will be laid down at Sevmash shipyard (Severodvinsk) on Dec 22 in the 70th anniversary of the shipyard. That was said to ITAR-TASS by Yekaterina Pilikina, acting head of the shipyard's press service.

The submarine will have a name of Svyatitel Nikolai, as previously said Nikolai Kalistratov, Sevmash Director General. Yet there is no official decision of the sub's name, specified Mrs. Pilikina.

New submarine will be the fourth in Borei class built at Sevmash. Lead ship, 4-generation SSBN Yury Dolgoruky left slipways for fitting-out in April 2007. This summer the sub started sea trials program. This submarine is being built at Sevmash since 1996. Two more subs of the same type, also named in honor of ancient Russian princes Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh were laid down the shipyard's building slip in 2004 and 2006 correspondingly.

Borei-class submarines (Project 955) were developed at Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering (St. Petersburg). According to open sources, Borei-class subs integrated latest advances in ship electronics and noise reduction. They are planned to be armed with new SLBM Bulava. Each nuclear-powered sub will be capable to carry 12 MIRV intercontinental ballistic solid-fuel missiles. Submarines are equipped with rescue chamber accommodating all crew. Hull length of Borei-class subs is 170 meters; beam is 13.5 meters; diving depth is 450 meters; crew is 107 men. According to the statements of Navy officials, Borei-class subs will become the basis of naval component of Russian strategic nuclear forces in XXI century.

Since its establishment in 1939, Sevmash shipyard has built 45 surface ships and 163 submarines, including 128 nuclear-powered ones.

Source: ITAR-TASS

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