MOSCOW, September 23. /TASS/. The Project 955A (Borei-A) first serial-built nuclear-powered missile-carrying submarine Knyaz Oleg, the Project 636.3 conventional sub Magadan and the Project 20380 corvette Retivy will be delivered to the Russian Navy by the yearend, United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Deputy CEO for Military Shipbuilding Vladimir Korolyov told TASS on Thursday.
"Until the end of the year, we are planning to deliver the Project 955A nuclear-powered underwater missile-carrying cruiser Knyaz Oleg and the Project 885M nuclear-powered submarine Novosibirsk, the Project 636.3 large submarine Magadan and the Project 20380 corvette Retivy to the customer upon the completion of their construction," the deputy chief executive said.
There are also plans to lay down a frigate at the Severnaya Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwestern Russia, two corvettes at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant in the Russian Far East, a mine countermeasures ship at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard in St. Petersburg and a medium tanker at the Nevsky Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Plant in the Leningrad Region in Russia’s northwest by the end of 2021, he added.
Following repairs, the United Shipbuilding Corporation intends to deliver the Project 671RTMK nuclear-powered submarine Tambov, the Project 11540 guard ship Neustrashimy and the Project 1265 mine countermeasures ship Herman Ugryumov to the Russian Navy, the deputy chief executive said.
Russia’s cutting-edge warships
Project 955A (Borei-A) nuclear-powered missile-carrying submarines are designed to become the mainstay of Russia’s seaborne strategic nuclear forces. They carry 16 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles as their basic armament. Compared to the baseline Borei series, Borei-A subs feature better acoustic stealth, maneuvering and deep-sea running capabilities and an improved armament control system.
Project 885M (Yasen-M) nuclear-powered submarines are armed with Kalibr-PL and Oniks cruise missiles as their basic strike weapons.
Modified Project 636.3 Varshavyanka-class submarines (NATO reporting name: Improved Kilo-II) are referred to the third generation of large diesel-electric underwater cruisers. They are characterized by higher combat efficiency compared to their predecessors. The optimal combination of acoustic stealth and the target detection range, the latest inertial navigator, the advanced automated information and control system, the powerful high-speed torpedo and missile armament ensure the global priority of these underwater cruisers in conventional submarine-building.
Project 20380 ships are armed with multi-purpose artillery guns, surface-to-air missile/artillery systems, supersonic missiles and automatic artillery launchers. The Project 20380 corvettes can carry a Ka-27 helicopter. They displace 2,200 tonnes and have a crew of 99.