4th Russian Borei-Class SSBN Begins Construction

The Borei (or, alt. Borey) class submarine is an SSBN. It is specifically designed to carry the new Bulava ICBM.  This a new class of boomer, and the lead ship, Yuriy Dolgorukiy, was delayed due to a variety of reasons. She was, however,  the first boomer to be launched in seventeen years since the end of the Soviet era;  in fact, it was the first Russian (rather than Soviet) vessel. Also of interest is that this is the first SSBN designed with a pump-jet system as it’s primary propulsion.

Two other boats of this class are under construction:  Aleksandr Nevskiy and Vladimir MonomakhSvyatitel Nikolay was laid down on 22 December 2009, the anniversary of the establishment of the Sevmash Shipyard.

There have been significant problems with the Bulava ICBM, some suggesting that, of the 12 test-fired, only 1 was fully successful. However, this also shows the resolves of the Russian Government, and it’s Navy, to both modernize their SSBN fleet, and the ICBM’s they will carry.  In not too many years, the USN’s Tridents will be retired. Perhaps our own Navy might hurry along the process of designing and building their replacements.

More here:  4th Borei-Class Boat

Russian Borei-Class SSBN


10 Responses to “4th Russian Borei-Class SSBN Begins Construction”

  1. 1 SCOTT the BADGER
    February 14, 2010 at 16:12

    I know that I am attributing human charactaristics to inanimate objects, but so many of the military aircraft, warships, and weapons of the USSR have a certain evil appearance to them, in my eyes. I know, this is Russia, not the USSR, but the Bear is still the Bear, and the Bear is still out there.

  2. February 14, 2010 at 16:57


    You speak true. The Bear is VERY much alive, and folks would do well to remember that the Russians are not Americans with funny clothes and accents. Their view of life, the world, warfare, etc, is not the same as ours. Although we share many similarities in outlooks, and can laugh and love and enjoy each other’s company, the Bear is, as you say, still the Bear, and we disregard it to our peril.


  3. 3 SCOTT the BADGER
    February 14, 2010 at 21:51

    Marc Mitscher was from Hillsboro, WI, The MacArthur family thought of Milwaukee as thier home town, and Richard Bong was from Poplar, WI, about 20 past the end of the world. What worries me is that the Bear is out there, and we have an administration that wants to make sure that there are no Badgers like those to counter him. ( Or Aeromooses for you Mainers )

  4. February 15, 2010 at 16:09

    I guess old chairman zero has his head in the sand on this one. Being he considers putin to be a soulmate.
    BTW nice new digs.

    • February 15, 2010 at 16:45

      Thank you… I hope to be putting up new posts more frequently in the coming week or so. My son is home on leave right now, so I’m spending a lot of time with him.

      I’m still getting the lay of the land here on wordpress. In a month or so, I’m going to hopefully have a new look to the site as well.


  5. 6 virgil xenophon
    February 22, 2010 at 05:51

    Mo’bettah’Tim! I don’t know what happened to my FireFox but all of a sudden I couldn’t post at your old site–had to switch to Chrome to make my last post on CivilWar logistics. All Good here. Hope you’re enjoying time with son. I’m not sure it’s good psychologically for either party tho. I know I wouldn’t wanted to have to have raised false hopes for my parents mid-way thru my Vietnam tour by coming home for a visit, and as a parent I would think it’s hard enough to see him off to a war zone once without repeating the process a few months later. Tho YMMV.
    Strictly from a personal pov I wanted to keep the edge on once in combat with no distractions with connections to my former world….you know,work oneself into the true “war-lover” “killer” state where you really don’t care whether you live or die, you just live to get at ’em–hard mask/attitude to maintain with break home with parents, etc. Took me a good six months into my next assignment in the UK before I wound down…

    • February 22, 2010 at 12:08


      Yeah, it’s very much a two-edged sword. I am happy to see him and know he’s more or less safe here, but 2-week’s leave is just enough time to decompress and lose your edge before heading back. Plus it’s a LONG damned trip back.

      The big thing is talking to him about reenlisting. He is interested in going to college to get his degree in Business Administration and then open his own recording studio. I’m trying to explain to him the advantages of staying in, and having a steady paycheck plus medical and dental benefits considering the current economy.

      Sean is up for E-4 in a couple months, and will be eligible for E-5 before his enlistment is up. Twenty years can seem like forever to a young and impatient man, but as I explained to him, you don’t have to LIKE the Army, just tolerate it. He could retire in his early 40’s, with a bunch of money in the bank, most of his degree work completed (if not all) and then have a steady income to support himself as he builds his recording studio business.

      Ah well… it’s the way lessons are learned. We were all that way once: Young and immortal.

      Thanks for the kind words,


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