Navy Pacific Fleet to Deploy Four Borei-class SSBNs in 2020s
Navy`s Pacific Fleet will deploy four Project 955/955A (NATO reporting
name: Borei-class or Dolgorukiy-class) ballistic missile submarines
(SSBN) in the 2020s, according to a Russian defense industry source.
The source pointed out, that K-550 'Alexander Nevsky' and K-551 'Vladimir
Monomakh' submarines would be complemented by two upgraded Borei-class
SSBNs (Project 955A).
third Borey class ballistic missile nuclear submarine, the Vladimir
He reminded, that
K-550 'Alexander Nevsky' is stationed at the Pacific Fleet`s submarine
base in Vilyuchinsk (Kamchatka peninsula). The submarine transited
from a Northern Fleet base to the Vilyuchinsk base in Autumn 2015.
"In August-Septmeber 2016 the second serial-produced Project
955 SSBN, namely, K-551 'Vladimir Monomakh', armed with 16 R-30 Bulava
(SS-NX-30 Solaris) submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) will
transit from the Gadjievo base (the Northern fleet) to the Vilyuchinsk
base (the Pacific fleet) under the Arctic ice cap.", the
source pointed out.
"The Pacific fleet is planned to receive two more Project
955A submarines armed with R-30 Bulava SLBMs in the early 2020s",
According to him, Project 955/955A SSBNs will form the backbone of
the Russian sea-based strategic nuclear forces in the Far East region
in the decades to come. "They will replace three ageing Project
667BDR (Delta-III) SSBNs based at Vilyuchinsk. The Delta-III submarines
will be decommissioned within a few years", the source said.
At the same time, the Northern Fleet will receive four Project 955/955A
As of early 2016, Russian Navy deploys three Project 955 (Borei-class)
submarines. Four SSBNs are being produced in upgraded Project 955A
configuration. The fifth Project 955A submarine (the last SSBN of
the project) is supposed to be laid down in 2016. There is not external
diffrence between the Project 955 and 955A submarines. The Project
955 SSBNs incorporate previously produced hulls refurbished by Sevmash
plant after the refunding of the Borei program, while new hulls are
laid down for the Project 955A submarines.