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SEVERODVINSK, July 30 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting in Severodvinsk on Monday that 51 modern warships and 24 nuclear submarines would come in service with the Russian Navy before 2020. The meeting was devoted to the implementation of the State Arms Program in part of equipping the Navy.
Putin said that the Russian Navy would receive 51 modern surface warships and 16 multi-purpose submarines before 2020. Besides, eight Borei class nuclear submarines are expected to come in service with the Navy by 2020.
The president recalled that the state would allocate almost 4.5 trillion rubles before 2020 to form the Navy’s new image.
He emphasized that 49 trillion rubles and all submarines would be built at domestic dockyards.
“I would like to put an end to speculations that the Navy will be built at foreign shipyards once and for all and call your attention to the fact that our industry, the Russian industry will receive almost all orders,” the president stressed.
Putin added that the resumption of serial construction of ships of a new generation should be accompanied by modernization of other shipyards and enterprises.
Earlier on Monday, President Putin visited the Sevmash dockyard where he watched the laying down of a new Borei A nuclear submarine. The president said it was symbolic that the nuclear-powered cruiser was named Prince Vladimir in honor of the unifier and defender of Russian lands.
The Prince Vladimir submarine will be the first ship to be built under the renovated 955 A (Borei A) project. Modernized Borei submarines can carry 20 Bulava inter-continental ballistic missiles instead of 16 carried by the 955 project submarines. The state has signed a project with the Unified Shipbuilding Corporation for the construction of four submarines of the new class.
The Yuri Dolgorukiy was the first Borei class submarine (project 955) laid down at Sevmash in 1996. Two more submarines, the Alexander Nevsky and the Vladimir Monomakh, were laid down at Sevmash in 2004 and 2006, respectively.
The Rubin design bureau in St. Petersburg designed the 955 and 955 A submarines.
Eight such submarines are to be built for the Russian Navy before 2020.
Sevmash is the only dockyard in Russia that builds nuclear-powered submarines. Over its history it has handed over 129 nuclear-powered submarines to the Russian Navy. At present, the plant is building two submarines, the Vladimir Monomakh and the Kazan; the Yuri Dolgoruky will soon be handed over to the Navy.
The Prince Vladimir nuclear submarine belongs to the fourth generation of nuclear strategic missile carriers.