Pacific Fleet to create nuclear missile sub group by 2020 - source
A group of five modernized nuclear missile submarines of Project 949AM Antei will be created in the Russian Pacific Fleet five years from now, a source in the Pacific Fleet Staff told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.
"A group of missile submarines of Project Antei will be created in the Pacific Fleet by 2020. Modernization of the subs at the Zvezda Far Eastern plant will be over by then," he said.
The submarines K-150 Tomsk, K-132 Irkutsk and K-442 Chelyabinsk will be added alongside operating subs K-186 Omsk and K-456 Tver within five years, the source said.
"Modernization of the Antei subs will extend their service life by 15-20 years," the fleet representative said.
It was reported earlier that the K-550 Alexander Nevsky submarine of Project 955 Borei would be moved from the Trans-Polar region to Kamchatka in fall 2015.
The Vladimir Monomakh submarine will arrive at the Vilyuchinsk submarine base in fall 2016.
One of the six multirole attack submarines of Project Yasen will join the fleet in 2017.
Nuclear subs of Project 949A will undergo profound modernization at the Zvezda Far Eastern plant in the upcoming years, the source said. The command plans to re-arm the submarines with Onix and Kalibr missile systems. The Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering designed the submarine modernization project. Twenty-seven Rubin contractors, among them Morinformsistema-Agat Concern and NPO Avrora, will modernize weapons, navigation and other systems and hulls of the submarines.
The Pacific Fleet possesses five nuclear missile submarines, five nuclear attack submarines and eight non-nuclear attack submarines.