The seventh nuclear-powered Borei-class submarine, Emperor Alexander III, will be laid down at the Severodvinsk shipyard on December 18, Russian Defence Ministry’s spokesman for the Navy Igor Dygalo said on Monday.
“The laying down ceremony of the Emperor Alexander III newest Borei-A project nuclear submarine will be held at the Sevmash shipyard in the city of Severodvinsk on December 18,” the official said.
The Emperor Alexander III is the second Borei-II class submarine laid down by Russia. The first submarine of the Borei-II class, Knyaz Vladimir, is expected to be commissioned in 2017.
The Borei-class submarine can carry 16 RSM-56 Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), capable of hitting target at more than 8,300 kilometres. The Borei-II, however, can carry 20 Bulava missiles. The Bulava SLBM has 6-10 MIRVed warheads.
By 2020, the Russian Navy will operate eight Borei-class submarines; three Borei and five Borei-II, and are expected to remain in service until at least 2040. Three are already in service: the flag ship Yury Dolgoruky (Northern Fleet), Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh (both are with the Pacific Fleet).
“The series of the fourth-generation nuclear-powered submarine cruisers of projects Borei and Borei-A, armed with the Bulava ballistic missiles, is to become the core of the Russian naval strategic nuclear forces for the coming decades,” Deputy Commander of the Russian Navy Viktor Bursuk said.