Green light for Boreas

The official ceremony for the head of strategic nuclear submarine of Project 955A (code "Borey-A") at the shipyard "Sevmash" in Severodvinsk (Arkhangelsk Oblast) is scheduled for July 30, right after the Navy Russia.

This was confirmed on Thursday Russian Navy Commander Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov. "The ceremony of laying the fourth ship of the" Northwind ", which bears the name" Prince Vladimir ", will be held on Monday, July 30," — he said at a press conference in RIA "Novosti". On the same day, obviously, St. Andrew’s flag will be raised at the first "Boree" — a nuclear submarine (NPS) "Yury Dolgoruky", which is now finished state test (lifting on the ship St. Andrew’s flag means that the ship is officially part of the Navy Fleet of Russia).

These two developments mean that our country is not in words but in deeds regains strength of one of the major naval powers of the world. In early February of this year, Deputy Prime Minister for "defense" Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia will not hurry decommissioning of the third-generation strategic nuclear submarines in service with the Navy. "The most successful projects will be subject to no one medium maintenance, and repair of two middle. The shelf life of these boats will be extended to 30-35 years instead of 25 at the present time ", — he said, adding that the nuclear submarine of project 941 (" Shark "), for example, will be upgraded every seven years. And at the same time, the Navy will begin to enter a new strategic submarine next generation class "Northwind".

Missile submarine strategic (SSBN) class "Northwind" were designed St. Petersburg CDB Marine Engineering "Rubin" at the end of the 80-ies of the last century. Length of the ship — 170 meters, width — 13.5 m, depth — 450 meters, the crew — 107 people. Maximum water displacement — 24 thousand tons, submerged speed — up to 29 knots. Endurance — 90 days. The main armament (now), according to data from open sources — 16 intercontinental ballistic missile "Bulava" with a range of more than eight thousand miles. The first boat, "Yury Dolgoruky" was built from 1996 to 2012 and cost the federal budget (including the cost of the design) to 23 billion rubles. Now a sea trial is powered submarine of the same class "Alexander Nevsky" (beginning of construction — 2004), and the stocks "Sevmash" on the same project to build the third ship — the "Vladimir Monomakh".

"Prince Vladimir", which will be laid on Monday in Severodvinsk, in fact, too, is built for several years. But the official ceremony (beginning of construction of the ship) is only now. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the lead ship of Project 955A is quite different from their first three brothers and, according to the "Military-Industrial Courier", according to him has not even completed research and development — they will continue as the construction of the ship. However, the more likely it is that until recently, the shipbuilders and the Russian Ministry of Defense could not agree on the value of five "Boreas-A", which in addition to the first three boats were due to the fleet in 2020. As a result, a contract for the construction of new submarines, each of which will carry on board is not 16 and 20 ballistic missiles, was signed in May of this year. But the United Shipbuilding Corporation, in spite of the resistance of the military establishment, its made — the cost of five new SSBNs were $ 124 billion. 

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