Kazan Yasen-M-class SSGN to become operational on July

According to information published by Tass on April 1, 2021, the Kazan Yasen-M-class SSGN of project 885M will become operational on the Navy Day marked on July 25, a defense industry source told.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Yasen class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine K-561 Kazan (Picture source: Twitter account of Light Victories)

“There handover time has slightly changed. The submarine will join the fleet on the Navy Day,” the source said. The Kazan was scheduled to join the Navy in May-June.

Another source told TASS the submarine had yet to make another sortie in early March to test all mechanisms and units. Sevmash Shipyard, which builds SSGN, refused comment.

The Kazan lead submarine of project 885M was floated on March 31, 2017 and began running trials on September 25, 2018. The deadline for its handover to the Navy has been numerously moved. USC CEO Alexey Rakhmanov said it had to happen in 2020. Northern fleet Commander Alexander Moiseev said in December the submarine would complete acceptance trials by the end of the year. Sevmash Shipyard said on December 31 that the Kazan would join the Navy in 2021. The submarine has successfully test fired Kalibr and Onyx missiles.

The Yasen-M class is an improved version of the Yasen nuclear attack submarine using an advanced design that increases its ability to detect enemy vessels at speeds far higher than those of its predecessors. A new power supply and acoustic defense systems have been developed for the boat in order to reduce the noise signature and increase its stealth capability. The boat features optimized hull shape, upgraded electronic warfare (EW) and automation systems, two more vertical launching system silos, a pump-jet propulsion system allowing for silent operation and new torpedo tubes.

The Yasen-M is equipped with eight VLS Vertical Launching System able to fire anti-ship and cruise missiles, ten torpedo tubes (533 mm), and Igla-M surface-to-air missiles. The Oniks, also known as Yakhont is a Russian-made supersonic anti-ship cruise missile developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya. The missile has an operational range of 600 km.

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