to Launch the First of Six Project 636 Improved Kilo Submarines for Vietnamese
first of six Project 636 Improved Kilo SSK submarines ordered by Vietnam
will be launched at the shipyard, "Admiralty Shipyards" in
St. Petersburg in August this year, a source from the defense industrial
complex told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung announced the signing of a contract
for the supply of six Project 636 in December 2009. The contract is
reported to amount about $ 2 billion.
Kilo class, Project 636
"The first submarine in accordance with the
contract will be launched in August this year, after which it will begin
a cycle of tests" - a spokesman said, adding that the ceremony
will be held on August 28.
He also said that before the end of 2012 the first submarine will
be transferred to the customer. The contract is expected to be completed
636 submarines have a length of 73.8 m, width of 9,9 m, submerged speed
of 20 knots and maximum immersion depth of 300 m.