MOSCOW, April 2 (Itar-Tass) — Deepwater tests of the Project-677, or Lada-class diesel submarine, named the St. Petersburg, will continue in the Barents Sea and the White Sea this year, the deputy director-general for foreign economic activities and military cooperation of the Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering (Rubin), Andrei Baranov, told ARMS-Tass on Monday.
He noted that the submarine’s complexes should be tested in deepwater, which is impossible in the Baltic Sea.
“We need deeper waters, therefore this year’s task is to take the submarine to the north and there the St. Petersburg will be commissioned into the fleet as it should be,” he said.
In reply to a question about criticism of the Project-677 by Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky, Baranov said that the submarine entered the Baltic Fleet in May 2010 and has been on a trial run since.
“This is a common practice, when a new submarine actively undergoes tests before a decision on serial production is taken. For instance, two ships of the previous project have been intensively tested for four years. As a result, the Navy made around 30 major and around 500 minor remarks and proposals,” he said.
As for negative comments about the submarine in the media Baranov noted that this is a campaign against Russia’s newest project by some interested parties aimed at reducing its chances on the global market.