Russia to Launch 1st Project 955A SSBN Submarine Knyaz Vladimir in November 2017

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Russia to Launch 1st Project 955A SSBN Submarine Knyaz Vladimir in November 2017
The first upgraded Project 955A Borei-A class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Vladimir will be launched in November 2017, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.
SSBN Yuri Dolgoruky project 955 RussiaThe K-535 Yuriy Dolgorukiy, first Project 955 Borey-class SSBN
"The nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Vladimir will leave the slipway of the Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk [in north Russia] in the imminent future. This will happen in November," Korolyov said.

The submarine Knyaz Vladimir was laid down in 2012. It will be the fourth out of eight Project 955 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines and the first vessel built under improved project 955A.

The Russian Navy has already received the first three Project 955 submarines.
The submarines Knyaz Oleg and Generalissimo Suvorov were laid down in 2014. The submarines Emperor Alexander III and Knyaz Pozharsky were laid down in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Each submarine carries 16 Bulava (NATO reporting name: SS-NX-32) intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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Navy Recognition comment on Project 955A
On 15 December 2009, a Defense Ministry official announced that the laying down of the fourth Project 955 Borei-class submarine had been postponed from December to the first quarter of 2010. The reason for the delay was said to be "organizational and technical reasons". The fourth ship of the 955 class will actually be the first improved "955A" variant. It is reported by unnamed sources that this modification will include major structural changes and probably other changes. Two Project 955A submarines, the Knyaz Oleg and Generalissimo Suvorov, were laid down in 2014. The Project 955A submarine Emperor Alexander III was laid down in 2015.

The first Project 955A submarine Knyaz Vladimir is now set to join the Russian Navy in 2018 or one year later than planned. It was originally expected to be launch in August-September 2017.

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