Defence ministry promised to complete nuclear submarine “Belgorod”

Publish date: August 27, 2004

At the meeting of the Marine Collegium in Severodvinsk on July 16th, the Russian Defence minister Sergey Ivanov promised to complete nuclear submarine Belgorod , Kursk replica, and put it in operation.

“We will not forget Belgorod ” he concluded.

According to with reference to a representative of the Sevmash plant, the lack of proper financing from the state budget in 2004 delays and makes expensive the construction of Oskar-II class nuclear submarine Belgorod . Russia allocated $1.7m for Belgorod this year, but $1.5m were then transferred for other projects. The submarine is 80% completed and requires $100m to finish the construction, the representative said to However, the cost can rise 10% as the equipment gets older during construction time. So, Belgorod can be ready not later than 2006 if enough financing is provided, the Sevmash representative added.