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MOSCOW, January 7 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Navy should get around ten diesel powered submarines until 2020, the Navy’s spokesman told Itar-Tass on Saturday.
Along with the construction of strategic nuclear and multipurpose nuclear submarines Russia’s Defense Ministry plans to revamp the fleet of diesel powered submarines, he said.
“Until 2020 the Russian Navy should get eight-ten diesel powered submarines. Most of them are expected to be sent to the Black Sea Fleet,” he said.
The headquarters of the Russian Navy expect to use diesel powered submarines as an important component of naval groups in peninsular and insular sections.
“This component will be integrated into a common management system of the Russian armed forces. Diesel powered submarines will be used in those sea areas, where it is impossible and inexpedient to use nuclear powered submarines,” the spokesman said.
Diesel powered submarines are designed to fulfill anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare missions in the open ocean and restricted areas.
“Diesel powered submarines that are being built will have appropriate modernization capacities, which will allow to re-equip them with new radio electronic facilities and arms,” he said.