SEVERODVINSK, December 11. /TASS/. Russia consistently ramps up serial production of ships for the Navy using the most modern components, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the flag-raising ceremony for the Imperator Alexander III and Krasnoyarsk nuclear submarine cruisers.
"We consistently equip the Navy with modern hardware and weapons, and I underscore, we ramp up serial production in particular," the head of state said.
He greeted the participants of the ceremony and called this a milestone day.
"These mighty missile carriers, unmatched in their class, begin their service in our Navy," Putin underscored.
He pointed out that the Imperator Alexander III is the seventh ship in the Borei submarine class, while the Krasnoyarsk is the fourth ship in the Yasen class of multipurpose nuclear submarines.
The president noted that naming Borei-class submarines after prominent Russian military leaders and state figures has become a tradition.
"Nuclear cruisers Yuri Dolgorukiy, Alexander Nevsky, Vladimir Monomakh, Knyaz Vladimir, Knyaz Oleg and Generalissimus Suvorov - and, from this day on, the Imperator Alexander III as well - will reliably protect Russia’s security, perform strategic deterrence missions. Each ship is armed with Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles," Putin concluded.
The Imperator Alexander III is the third Project Borei-A series ship; it is considered a fourth-generation nuclear-powered submarine. The submarine is equipped with modern missile and torpedo weapon systems, navigation, radio and hydroacoustic systems.
The Krasnoyarsk is the second Project Yasen-M ship, also considered a fourth-generation nuclear-powered submarine. The ship is equipped with an upgraded electronic warfare system; it also has upgraded hardware and is made with the highest-quality materials.