Russia launches new Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarine Magadan

According to information published by the Russian press agency TASS on March 26, 2021, Russian JSC Admiralty Shipyards (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) has launched Project 636.3 (NATO reporting name: Improved Kilo-class) diesel-electric submarine "Magadan" on March 26, 2021.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 The Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg in Russia’s northwest has floated out the Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarine B-602 Magadan for the Russian Navy on 26 March 2021. (Picture source Twitter account @Capt_Navy)

“The ship is set to conduct its berth, factory, and state trials. The company is ready to build new submarines,” said Director General of Admiralty Shipyards Alexander Buzakov.

‘Magadan’ is the third Project 636.3 submarine being constructed by the Admiralty Shipyard for the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy. The ship was laid down on November 1, 2019; the naval platform is planned to be delivered to the customer before the end of 2021.

The series of Project 636.3 underwater combatants for the Pacific Fleet comprises three ships, namely, ‘Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy’ (the submarine was handed over to the Navy on November 25, 2019), ‘Volkhov’ (the ship was delivered to the Pacific Fleet on October 24, 2020), and ‘Magadan’. The launch of the fourth naval platform of the class for the Pacific fleet, ‘Ufa’, is scheduled for late 2021. In 2021, the Admiralty Shipyard will lay the fifth and sixth Improved Kilos for the formation — ‘Mozhaysk’ and ‘Yakutsk’. All the six Project 636.3 submarines are set to be delivered to the Pacific Fleet through 2024.

The contract for six Project 636.3 submarines for the Pacific Fleet was signed in September 2016. The armament suite, control system, radar, and sonar of the ships were upgraded.

Project 636.3 also called Varshavyanka class is an upgraded version of the Kilo-class submarines that entered into service with the Russian Navy in June 2014. The new submarine features stealth technology as well as extended cruising range and the ability to strike surface, land, and underwater targets. They are crewed by 52 submariners, have an underwater speed of 20 knots, and a cruising range of 400 miles with the ability to patrol for 45 days.

The Project 636.3 submarines can launch Kalibr / Club land-attack cruise missile, anti-ship missile, and anti-submarine missile. The submarine is also armed with 533-millimeter torpedo tubes and carried a total of 18 torpedoes.

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