In the combat strength of the Navy fleet In the near future, Russia will have seven multipurpose nuclear submarines (NPS) of projects 885 and 885M (code "Ash" and "Ash-M"). Such updated data on the number of fourth-generation nuclear submarines was announced today by ITAR-TASS, Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Viktor Chirkov on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Northern Fleet.
“In the near future, the Navy’s combat forces will consist of eight strategic missile submarines: three of them are the 955 project and five are the improved 955A project, as well as seven multi-purpose nuclear submarines: one 885 project (Severodvinsk) and six modernized projects 885M ", - said the commander in chief. “The lead in a series of six submarines of the 885M project, Kazan, is being built at Sevmash, and its completion is scheduled for the 2015 year,” the admiral added.
According to ITAR-TASS, a source in the Russian defense industry complex, "the state program of armaments up to 2020 provides for the construction of eight Yasen-class submarines, but only seven have signed contracts."
Previously, the media featured various data on the total number of "Ash": from seven to ten submarines.
In April, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov and Defense Ministry Procurement Department Head Andrei Vernigora told reporters that this year the Navy should be given two serial missile submarines of strategic purpose Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh of the 955 project and a multi-purpose nuclear submarine. Severodvinsk ".
Answering the question from the ITAR-TASS correspondent, whether the two new submarines "Alexander Nevsky" and "Severodvinsk" will be transferred to the Navy this year, Borisov said: "I confirm the deadlines (2013 year) that you named." Vernigora, in turn, clarified that in the 2013, the Navy should receive one more submarine in addition to these two submarines - the strategic cruiser of the 955 project "Vladimir Monomakh".
“In accordance with the approved contracts this year, Sevmash, which is part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, has to hand over to the Navy not two, but three nuclear submarines. This is the 885 Yenen multi-purpose nuclear submarine of the project“ Severodvinsk ”and two serial submarines cruisers "Alexander Nevsky" and "Vladimir Monomakh", - the head of the department specified.
"The progress and scope of work on these submarines, which are completed, instills confidence that these submarines will be commissioned this year," he added.
Regarding the head submarine "Severodvinsk" of the 885 project of the "Ash" class, the head of the department informed that it had completed a significant amount of testing in the 2012 year. "In the 2013 year, its state tests should be completed with shooting, including shock weaponsand the submission of the boat to the Navy will follow, "said Vernigora.
The first serial submarine class "Borey" "Alexander Nevsky," he said, passed the entire amount of factory sea trials. In December last year, it was filed for state tests, but due to adverse weather conditions (the White Sea was frozen), their completion was postponed to the 2013 year. According to the USC management and according to the approved schedule, the deadline for the delivery of these ships (“Alexander Nevsky” and “Severodvinsk”) is September 2013 of the year, Vernigora informed. The second serial submarine cruiser of the Borey class "Vladimir Monomakh", continued the head of the department, was removed from the plant’s workshop, in May the complex mooring tests of the main power plant begin (in fact, they are already under way - TASS), then (June) the stage of his factory trials at sea, then the presentation of the ship for state tests and at the end of the year it will also be handed over to the Navy.