New strategic nuclear submarine laid down at Sevmash plant

Publish date: May 12, 2004

The second nuclear strategic submarine 4th generation was laid down at the Sevmash plant in Severodvinsk in March, ITAR-TASS reported.

The new submarine of project 955 Borey Class will be called Alexander Nevsky. Russian prince Alexander Nevsky (1220-1263) secured the west frontiers of Russia in the result of victorious battles with Sweden and Teutonic Knights. It is planned to equip Alexander Nevsky with the rescue chamber for the whole crew of 100 submariners. The sub will be armed with modern ballistic missiles, torpedoes and antiaircraft missiles. Vladimir Zdornov headed its design development at the St Petersburg Rubin submarine design bureau. The submarine should be completed in 2008, ITAR-TASS reported.

The last nuclear submarine of Borey class Yuriy Dolgoruky was laid down at the Sevmash plant on November 2, 1996, and it should join the navy in 2006, daily Krasnaya Zvezda reported. In the current century Borey class submarines are destined to become the foundation of the Russian navy together with project 971 nuclear multipurpose submarines. According to the Russian navy Chief Commander Vladimir Kuroyedov, the Russian navy should have in operation from 12 to 15 strategic and 50 multipurpose nuclear submarines, ITAR-TASS reported.