MOSCOW, February 17-RIA Novosti. The construction of four multi-purpose nuclear submarines of the Yasen-M (885M) project that have not yet been launched is not lagging behind schedule, now the submarines are on the stocks, the General Director of the Severodvinsk Sevmash plant told RIA Novosti. Mikhail Budnichenko.
The lead submarine "Kazan" started testing back in 2017, and its transfer to the fleet was postponed several times. The next submarine, the Novosibirsk, was launched at the end of 2019 in order to transfer it to the Navy in 2020, but this did not happen either.
"The nuclear-powered submarines Krasnoyarsk, Arkhangelsk and Perm are at different stages of construction. The work is being carried out according to the schedule agreed with the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation," Budnichenko said.
He explained that now the submarines are at the stage of slipway work. Also on the slipway is another submarine of this project - Ulyanovsk. Work on it is also proceeding on schedule, the source said.
So far, the Russian Navy has only one multi - purpose nuclear submarine of the Yasen type of project 885-Severodvinsk. The remaining submarines are being built according to the improved Yasen-M project.
The seventh and eighth such submarines were laid down on July 20, 2020. They were named "Vladivostok"and " Voronezh". General Director of the United shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Alexey Rakhmanov told RIA Novosti that they will be handed over to the fleet at the turn of 2027-2028.
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Multi-purpose nuclear submarines of the improved Yasen-M project have a displacement of 13.8 thousand tons, a diving depth of 520 meters, a crew of 64 people, autonomy of 100 days, and an underwater speed of 31 knots. The submarines are armed with mines, 533 mm torpedoes, and Kalibr and Onyx cruise missiles.
As reported on "Sevmash", changes in comparison with project 885 relate to the element base of electronic weapons complexes and upgraded equipment and materials supplied by Russian manufacturers. In the future, the ship should be armed with a hypersonic missile system "Zircon".