As posted in an earlier blog entry, the Russians are intent on upgrading their submarine force in all aspects.
The latest news from our old adversaries is that they have a new SSGN going into the water in May.
A new Russian nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine will be launched May 7, an official said Monday.
Construction of the Severodvinsk, a Project 885 Yasen (Graney) class submarine, began in 1993 at the Sevmash shipyard in the northern Russian city of Severodvinsk but has since been dogged by financial setbacks.
“A floating out ceremony for Russia’s new Severodvinsk nuclear submarine at the Sevmash shipyard has been scheduled for May 7,” the shipyard spokesman said.
Graney-class nuclear submarines combine the ability to launch a variety of long-range cruise missiles (up to 3,100 miles or 5,000 km) with nuclear warheads, and effectively engage submarines, surface warships and land-based targets.
The submarine’s armament includes 24 cruise missiles, including the 3M51 Alfa SLCM, the SS-NX-26 Oniks SLCM or the SS-N-21 Granat/Sampson SLCM. It will also have eight torpedo launchers, as well as mines and anti-ship missiles such as SS-N-16 Stallion.
Severodvisk is expected to enter service with the Russian Navy by late 2010.
Last year, work started on the second sub in the series, the Kazan, which will feature more advanced equipment and weaponry.
Russia’s Navy commander, Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky, has said that the construction of new-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile and attack submarines was a top priority for the Russian Navy.
Date : 15/03/2010. News by Newsofap.com
Details of the new class may be found here
and more information here
Note that she carries missiles in a new-design launching system behind her sail, like an SSBN. These tubes are designed to be able to take a variety of missiles, thus increasing her abilities and potential missions. Her torpedo tubes are also on the sides of the hull, in order to allow for a larger and better sonar suite in the bow. She also has a pump jet propulsion system, thus eliminating the propeller and it’s accompanying problems.
Thus Russia is building both a new class of SSN/SSGN to accompany it’s new SSBN class. Just lovely.