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07-26-2009, 10:08 PM
Russia Launches 2nd Yasen Sub
Published: 24 Jul 2009 13:33

MOSCOW - Russia's Sevmash shipyard launched a nuclear-powered multirole submarine July 24, the Severodvinsk-based plant said on its Web site.

The Kazan is the yard's second cruise-missile-armed Project 885 Yasen (NATO code name Graney) submarine. The first, Severodvinsk, was launched in 1993 and is slated to enter service in 2010 or 2011.

Russian naval doctrine says Yasen subs will be the country's main multirole nuclear subs in the 21st century.

Sevmash spokeswoman Anastasiya Nikitinskaya said Kazan's radio and combat systems are better than Severodvinsk's. The Kazan sub was made entirely of parts and materials produced in Russia.

The 119-meter-long, 13.5-meter-wide sub will carry a crew of 90, dive to 600 meters, displace 13,800 tons, and run at up to 31 knots. Designed by the St. Petersburg-based Malakhit Design Bureau, the submarine will have eight torpedo tubes and carry 24 long-range cruise missiles of several types, anti-ship missiles, and mines. Malakhit's general director and chief designer, Vladimir Pyalov, said the sub's weapons will have longer ranges and the ability to destroy land targets as well as naval ones.

Pyalov said at the launching ceremony that Severodvinsk will undergo sea tests in summer 2010 and then will be commissioned by the Northern Fleet, the RIA Novosti official news agency reported. All of the submarine's weapons, including cruise missiles, have been tested successfully.


07-27-2009, 09:32 PM
And who will crew this magnificent example of Russian know-how? A tiny cadre of officers and lifer-enlisted, plus a shitload of two-years-and-out conscripts. It's the men, comrades, not the machine that make a ship.

07-27-2009, 11:47 PM
Read this they are supposedly doing away with conscripts


07-28-2009, 12:04 AM
It will be interesting to see if they can pull it off. Now all they need is 20 years to build a functional core of NCOs. China's actually ahead of them on this front - they recognized the need for a smaller and professional rather than conscript army at least five years ago.

07-28-2009, 02:05 AM
Good to have a bubble heads POV on this.