The Sevmash plant in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, has completed construction of the B-90 “Sarov”, a new diesel-fuelled submarine with a nuclear reactor as a supplementary power generator.
The B-90 “Sarov”, which is part of the project 20 120, left the shipyard on Friday, a press note from the Sevmash company reports.
The vessel is unique with its combination of diesel and reactor engine. The sub is likely to be applied by the Northern Fleet as spy vessel in northern waters.
According to Rosbaltnord.ru the vessel is the first of its kind in Russia and construction has been conducted in strict secrecy.
The crew, 52 officers and midshipmen, have already been trained at the educational centre of Russia’s Navy. The submarine, project number 20 120, will be testing the usage of a nuclear reactor as a supplementary power generator at a diesel submarine.
The vessel has been designed by the Rubin engineering company in 1989. Construction was started at the Krasnoe Sormovo shipyard in Nizhnii Novgorod, and then later continued at the Sevmash plant