VISHAKHAPATNAM, India December 9. /TASS/. Russia’s Pacific Fleet will get the first multi-role nuclear-powered Yasen class submarine in 2017-2018, the fleet’s deputy commander, Rear Admiral Andrey Ryabukhin, has told TASS. He is taking part in the on-going joint Russian-Indian naval exercise Indra-2015.
"We will get it and we are looking forward to the day, but this is a little bit more remote perspective," he said. "We’ll have it in a year or two."
Ryabukhin recalled that in 2015 the Pacific Fleet was complemented with the newly-built strategic nuclear powered submarine of the Borei class - The Alexander Nevsky. Its identical twin, The Vladimir Monomakh, will arrive in the Kamchatka Peninsula in 2016.
The Pacific Fleet is being reinforced with new corvettes of project 20380, Bal and Bastion coastal missile systems, upgraded Ilyushin-38 patrol planes and Pantsir and S-400 Triumf air defense systems.
At the moment the Russian Navy has only one Yasen type submarine - The Severodvinsk - whose construction began back in 1993 and which was handed over to the military for test operation at the end of 2013. At the moment it is organic to the Northern Fleet. The next submarine, The Kazan, is being built under an updated project 885M. Its construction began in 2009. The Navy hopes to have it in 2017.