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Russia to commission two nuclear-powered submarines in 2019

18th March 2019 - 12:01 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia


The Russian Navy is set to induct two newly-built nuclear-powered submarines in 2019, indicating that while Russia’s shipbuilding capability has declined it is still able to produce complex platforms with a significant strategic effect.

According to the Russian defence minister, Sergey Shoigu, the boats are Kazan (K-651) of Project 885M (Yasen-M class) multipurpose submarine and Knyaz Vladimir (K-549) of Project 955A (Borei class, pictured) ballistic missile submarine. 

Kazan is the first Project 885M submarine, a follow-on of the Project 885 (Yasen class), featuring noise reduction design measures. Full displacement of the 139.5m-long vessel is 13,800t, which is capable

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Alexander Mladenov


Alexander Mladenov

Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Krassimir Grozev


Krassimir Grozev

Krassimir is a journalist based in Sofia, Bulgaria

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