Russia to decide on Project 955B ballistic missile submarine’s design soon

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Russia to decide on Project 955B ballistic missile submarine’s design soon
 
The development of the layout of the Project 955B Borei-B class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine is nearing completion, Head of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov told TASS.
     
SSBN Yuri Dolgoruky project 955 RussiaThe K-535 Yuriy Dolgorukiy, first Project 955 Borey-class SSBN
     
"The research work to develop the layout of the Borei-B class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine is nearing completion," Rakhmanov said. According to him, the Project 955B submarine is an improved version of the Project 955A Borei-A class submarine.

As Rakhmanov said, it is a full-fledged fourth-generation vessel that will incorporate all the Navy’s requirements set to submarines of this generation. "The time of beginning the construction of the Project 955B lead ship will be set after the 2018-2027 state armament program is approved," he added.

As Russian General Staff Chief General of the Army Valery Gerasimov said earlier, the development of the Borei-B class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine has begun in Russia.

The Russian Navy currently operates three Project 955 Borei-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, i.e. the Yuri Dolgoruky, the Alexander Nevsky and the Vladimir Monomakh. They are armed with Bulava (NATO reporting name: SS-NX-32) solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missiles. Each submarine can carry up to 16 missiles of the type. Five more Project 955A submarines are currently under construction. The last submarine in the series, the Knyaz Pozharsky, was laid down in December 2016.

CEO of Russia’s Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering Igor Vilnit told TASS earlier that the project would be further improved even after the work on the series of improved Project 955A submarines was completed.


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