Newest SSN Severodvinsk to start trials this year

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    Newest SSN Severodvinsk to start trials this year

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    In 2010 Russian Navy will test new nuclear-powered attack submarine Severodvinsk (Project 855 Yasen). On May 7 the sub is expected to leave covered slipway and start trials, including those in the White Sea.

    Since collapse of the USSR, Severodvinsk is the first submarine which was completely built in Russia. The submarine's surface speed is 16 knots; submerged speed is 31 knots; test depth is 600 meters; endurance is 100 days crew is 90 men.

    The sub is armed with 10 torpedo tubes (650-mm and 533-mm), P-100 Onyx antiship cruise missiles, Kh-35 antiship cruise missiles, Kh-101 strategic cruise missiles, 3M-54E and 3M-54E1 antiship cruise missiles, 3M-14E cruise missiles used against land targets.

    The submarine carries extraordinarily powerful armament capable to counter almost all present-day surface ships and submarines. For the first time torpedo tubes are located not in bow section but behind central station.
     
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    Russian Navy to receive Severodvinsk nuclear submarine in 2010

    SEVERODVINSK, November 19 (RIA Novosti) - A new nuclear-powered attack submarine will be delivered to the Russian Navy in 2010, a Russian shipyard said on Wednesday.

    Severodvinsk is the first Project 855 Yasen (Graney) series of the Severodvinsk class nuclear submarines, combining the ability to launch a variety of long-range cruise missiles (up to 3,100 miles) with nuclear warheads, and effectively engage hostile submarines and surface warships.

    "There are no problems with the construction of the submarine, and financing is underway. The vessel will be delivered to the Navy in 2010," said Nikolai Kalistratov, general director of the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia.

    Work on the Severodvinsk started in 1992, and the vessel had been scheduled to be commissioned before 1998. However, the construction was significantly delayed for financial reasons, and work had been suspended until 2001.

    In 2003 Sevmash reportedly received extra funding to accelerate the completion of the Severodvinsk. Since then, the construction cost of the submarine had to be adjusted, and in 2008 financing totaled 4 billion rubles ($146 mln).

    Kalistratov said that the remaining part of the construction is the fitting of electronics on board the submarine.

    "It normally takes a long time to build the first vessel in the series," he said.

    Russia's Navy commander, Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky, said in July that the construction of new-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile and attack submarines is a top priority for the Russian Navy's development.

    Under the Russian State Armaments Program for 2007-2015, the Navy will receive several dozen surface ships and submarines, including five Project 955 Borey nuclear-powered strategic ballistic missile submarines equipped with new Bulava ballistic missiles, two Project 885 Yasen nuclear-powered multipurpose submarines, six Project 677 Lada diesel-electric submarines, three Project 22350 frigates and five Project 20380 corvettes.
     
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    Russia delays launch of new nuclear submarine

    Russia will not float out a new nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine as planned on May 7 due to technical reasons, a source in the shipbuilding industry said on Tuesday.

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    Construction of the Severodvinsk, the first Project 885 Yasen (Graney) class submarine, began in 1993 at the Sevmash shipyard in the northern Russian city of Severodvinsk but has since been dogged by financial setbacks. Russia planned to float out the submarine on May 7 to mark the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in May 1945.

    "The launch of the new Severodvinsk submarine has been delayed for technical reasons," the source said, adding that the sub would be floated out and pass sea trials later this year.

    Graney class nuclear submarines are designed to launch a variety of long-range cruise missiles (up to 3,100 miles or 5,000 km) with nuclear warheads, and effectively engage submarines, surface warships and land-based targets.

    The submarine's armament includes 24 cruise missiles, including the 3M51 Alfa SLCM, the SS-NX-26 Oniks SLCM or the SS-N-21 Granat/Sampson SLCM. It is also equipped with eight torpedo launchers, as well as mines and anti-ship missiles such as SS-N-16 Stallion.

    The Severodvinsk is expected to enter service with the Russian Navy by late 2010 - early 2011.

    Last year, work started on the second sub in the series, the Kazan, which will feature more advanced equipment and weaponry.

    Russia's Navy commander, Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky, has called the construction of new-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile and attack submarines a top priority for the Russian Navy.

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    Launching of SSN Severodvinsk postponed indefinitely


    Launching of lead sub Severodvinsk was postponed indefinitely. The submarine was supposed to be launched on May 7. The delay was caused by technical reasons, reports Sevmash shipyard.

    Conning tower of SSN Severodvinsk has streamlined oval shape and located in the middle of the hull but not at the sub's bow where is space for sonar antenna. Armament contains deep-water torpedoes, homing torpedoes, and supersonic cruise missiles. Being equipped with newest navigation and communications systems, Severodvinsk is the first 4-gen nuclear-powered attack submarine in Russian Navy. Launching of the sub was associated with anniversary of the Victory; however, due to technical reasons it was postponed, said Elena Makovetskaya, Sevmash press service official.

    "That is a lead sub; technological delays are rather common. The shipyard has numerous orders. Besides, the dry dock for Severodvinsk is occupied", she said.

    Undoubtedly, the reasons are really technical, say experts. The launching date was known 2 months before, although exact date is rarely named in advance. As for Andrei Frolov, researcher of Analysis Center for Strategies and Technologies:

    "This is the only dry dock and it must be occupied, because apart from submarines Sevmash repairs an aircraft carrier for India and constructs an oil platform. Thus, official version might be true".

    Even the experts have no idea of technical features and appearance of the sub. There are some pictures but it is still uncertain whether they have anything to do with reality. As long as information security is a sort of tradition in Russia, the project cost is also undisclosed. SSBN Yury Dolgoruky started sea trials last year was officially evaluated as 23 bln RUR. The sum was underrated, say experts.

    "Given that Severodvinsk has been under construction since 1993, she might have passed a number of upgrades in the course of construction. In addition, long term of building also causes appreciation. In my opinion, if we say the sub costs 30 bln rubles, it would be slight undervaluation", said Andrei Frolov.

    According to the analysts, time displacement of launching Severodvinsk would unlikely be very long. Normally, such events are connected to some memorable dates. Probably, the sub will be launched on Russian Navy Day.
     

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