Three Nuclear Submarines to Join Russian Navy in 2021

By the end of 2021, the Russian Navy is receiving Knyaz Oleg, a Project Borei-A strategic missile-carrying underwater cruiser, and the Kazan and Novosibirsk Yasen-class nuclear-powered underwater cruisers. This was stated by the Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov today.

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"By the end of this year, the Russian Navy will get the Project Borei-A strategic missile-carrying underwater cruiser Knyaz Oleg and the Yasen-class nuclear-powered underwater cruisers Kazan and Novosibirsk that are being built at the Sevmash Shipyard," said Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda published on Friday 19 March.

Yevmenov added that, along with the construction of the fourth-generation nuclear submarines, work is underway to create the next, fifth-generation multipurpose and strategic nuclear submarines. 

Knyaz Oleg cruiser is the improved version of Project 955A (Borei-A), the first serial-produced fourth-generation submarine that was floated out on 16 July 2020. Submarines of this class are designed to make the basis of Russia’s seaborne strategic nuclear forces. They carry 16 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles as their basic armament. The Yasen-class submarines carry Kalibr-PL and Oniks cruise missiles as their strike weapons.

In December 2020 at the annual expanded meeting of the Defence Ministry Board, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Navy would receive two Borei-A class nuclear-powered submarines, Knyaz Vladimir and Generalissimo Suvorov, equipped with Bulava ballistic missiles.

Today, 19 March, is Submariner's Day in Russia. The country's Submarine Forces mark today 115 years of their establishment.

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