As TASS news agency reported on June 25, 2020 , work to repair the damaged AS-31 submarine-based manned submarine damaged on July 1, 2019 (unofficial name "Losharik") was postponed to 2021. About this TASS reported two sources.
"This year, the operation to unload the reactor core on the Losharik special submarine will not be carried out, it switched to 2021. The old AS-15 apparatus is the first in line for such an operation at the Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center (CS)," said one of the sources.
The second source confirmed this information, noting that "the AC-31 is not the first in the queue for unloading the core and subsequent repairs."
The press service of Zvyozdochka did not comment on TASS information provided by sources.
Losharik was delivered for repair to the Zvyozdochka Central Shipyard (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) in the fall of 2019.
The Ministry of Defense on July 2, 2019 reported that a fire broke out on a military research deep-sea vehicle ,which killed 14 submarine officers. The device was delivered to the naval base in Severomorsk, where a commission began to work to investigate the causes of the disaster.
AC-31 and AC-15
The existence of a secret submarine AS-31 became known in 2003 from the publication of the Korabel newspaper, produced by the Sevmash plant, where the apparatus was built. In the same article, the unofficial name "Losharik" was mentioned. According to the publication, the workers nicknamed this new submarine due to the fact that its robust hull of several spherical compartments outwardly resembled a toy horse made of balls - the hero of a cartoon popular in the years 1970-1980. According to open sources, the submarine AS-31 belongs to project 1083, was launched in 2003.
The deep-sea vehicle AS-15, the repair of which will begin earlier than Losharik, according to open sources, is the second special submarine of the 1910 Sperm Whale project, launched in 1983. AS-15 in 2000 was involved in the search and rescue operations of the sunken submarine Kursk. Like the Losharik, the AS-15 is under the jurisdiction of the Main Directorate for Deep-Water Research of the Russian Defense Ministry.