Russia's newest ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), the Project 955 Borey class boat Yury Dolgoruky, will be handed over to the fleet in September, a source in United Shipbuilding Corporation said on Friday.
Its sister ship, the Alexander Nevsky, will carry out a further Bulava test launch in November "as part of its state trials," he said. Alexander Nevsky is also likely to be commissioned by year’s end. Both of these SSBNs will initially join Northern Fleet, but would be subsequently moved to Pacific Fleet.
Yury Dolgoruky, at trials ( Image Courtesy - english.ruvr.ru )
The Borey class will become the mainstay of the Russian Navy's strategic nuclear deterrent force, replacing older Project 667 (NATO Delta 4) boats. The class will consist of eight boats, all armed with Bulava missiles.
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