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Russia’s new nuclear submarine to use only domestically made components

All components, systems and units intended for the submarine have been made by Russian enterprises

ARKHANGELSK, June 30, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s new nuclear submarine Knyaz Vladimir, being built by the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, will use only domestically made components, the company’s press service said on Monday, June 30.

“All components, systems and units intended for the submarine have been made by Russian enterprises. This is one of the things that make this craft special,” the press service said.

“There no components in the submarine that were manufactured in the near or far abroad; only domestically made ones. A large number of them are made by Sevmash itself,” Sergei Kotsov, who is responsible for the delivery of the submarine, said.

The Knyaz Vladimir was laid down on July 30, 2012 under Project 955A. The leading vessel of the same class, Yuri Dolgoruky, and the first serial submarine, Alexander Nevsky, were handed over to the Navy in 2013.

The submarine Vladimir Monomakh, the third Borei-class ship and the second serial one, is undergoing sea trials and expected to join the Navy this year.

The fifth one, Knyaz Oleg, will be laid down on July 19. It will become the first serial upgraded version of Project 955A submarines. They will have smaller hulls and cons, better acoustic characteristics and lower noisiness.

The Defence Ministry plans to build at least eight new Borei-class submarines three Project 955 craft and five Project 955A ones - by 2020, which will become the main naval component of Russia's strategic nuclear forces.

Borei-class submarines are designed by the St. Petersburg-based Naval Design Bureau Rubin. Each submarine can be armed with 12 ICBMs with MIRVs. They will also have an escape capsule for all crewmembers. A Borei-class submarine is 170 metres long and 13.5 metres wide, it can sink to a depth of 450 metres and has a crew of 17 sailors.

The Borei claims to be a state-of-the-art submarine, featuring characteristics superior to any submarine currently in service, such as the ability to cruise silently and be less detectable to sonar. Advances include a compact and integrated hydrodynamically efficient hull for reduced broadband noise and the first ever use of pump-jet propulsion on a Russian nuclear submarine.

The submarine will be armed with Bulava missiles. The Bulava carries the NATO reporting name SS-NX-30 and has been assigned the GRAU index 3M30. In international treaties, the common designation RSM-56 is used.

The Project 955 submarine is the first serial strategic rocket carrier of the Borei class. It is 170 metres long, 13.5 metres wide, maximum operating depth is 450 metres, and underwater speed is 29 knots.

Borei class submarines are designed to serve as the basis of Russia's strategic nuclear capabilities for the decades to come.

Sevmash, Russia’s largest shipyard, is now building two sets of new-generation nuclear submarines - attack craft (Yasen class, Project 855) and strategic craft (Borei class, Project 955) - for the Russian Navy.