According to Russian experts, the new strategic nuclear submarine "Yury Dolgoruky" more than compensates for the loss of the submarine "Yekaterinburg", which was severely damaged in December 2011 during a fire.
According to a member of the Presidium of the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense Igor Korotchenko, the Russian defense due to the loss of nuclear submarine "Yekaterinburg" is not affected. Nuclear submarine "Yury Dolgoruky", which can accommodate 16 aboard ballistic missile "Bulava", it can compensate for the temporary loss of the Northern Fleet, "Yekaterinburg".
"Defcon, which is necessary to maintain the strategic balance with the Russian members of the global nuclear club, no damage is not caused by" — Korochenko said, RIA "Novosti".
Russia, according to Korochenko even increase the level of its defense, as the power of missile "Bulava" superior performance, "Blue," which was equipped with a nuclear submarine "Yekaterinburg".
"We need to put a tube launchers of intercontinental missile" Bulava ", load torpedoes, food and water, as well as to give the crew rest after last year's tests," Bulava "submarine and, in addition, it is necessary to carry out one test components and mechanisms of submarine. "
December 23 last year, "Yury Dolgoruky" successfully completed the launch of two intercontinental ballistic missile "Bulava" that are ready to be put into operation in 2012, said the agency "Interfax".
Earlier it was reported that the nuclear submarine "Yury Dolgoruky" will be given the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Federation. In the Russian media are no reports that the submarine instead depart Northern Fleet did not appear.
According to the statement Rogozin, "Yekaterinburg" in 2014 will be back.
According to military experts, the repair of "Yekaterinburg" may take 3-4 years. During a fire seriously damaged sonar system and a rubber coating, and the cost of repair work, according to some experts, will amount to 24.5 million euros. Submarine from Severomorsk in Arkhangelsk in the shipyard "Sevmash" can transport only in May and June, after the White Sea is free of ice. Thus, the submarine will return to the Northern Fleet until 2015, ITAR-TASS reported.
If you believe the report, Dmitry Rogozin, written in Twitter, the submarine will be back in the summer of 2014.