Russian Navy Commissions Second Borey-Class Submarine

Russian Navy Commissions Second Borey-Class Submarine

MOSCOW, December 23 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Navy commissioned its second Borey-class nuclear missile submarine, Alexander Nevsky, into service Monday, a fleet representative said.

The Defense Ministry said last month the boat’s acceptance would be delayed until next year following a mishap during a test-firing of a Bulava nuclear ballistic missile in September. The missile – developed specifically for the new Borey-class – has suffered a string of failures in tests and is still not operational according to a senior naval officer who spoke to RIA Novosti last month.

The Borey class, the Russian Navy’s first post-Soviet ballistic missile submarine design, will form the backbone of the fleet’s strategic nuclear deterrent force after older boats are retired by 2018. Russia expects eight of the boats to enter service by 2020.

The Alexander Nevsky was handed over to the Navy at a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at the Sevmash shipyard in Russia’s northern Arkhangelsk Region.

The third boat in the class, the Vladimir Monomakh, is currently undergoing acceptance trials and is expected to be commissioned in 2014. A fourth boat is now under construction at Sevmash.

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Russian Nuclear Subs’ Entry Into Service Expected in 2014

Russian Nuclear Subs' Entry Into Service Expected in 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, November 28 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian navy will take delivery of two Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines in 2014, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

Naval officials had announced as recently as September that both craft, which are being phased in to replace the Pacific Fleet’s obsolescent Project 667 submarines, were due to enter into service by this year.

“The Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh nuclear-powered strategic submarines will be commissioned by the navy in 2014,” a ministry spokesman said.

The Alexander Nevsky, the second boat in the Borey series, was expected to join the navy this year, but recent sea trials and inspections reportedly revealed several flaws that needed to be fixed, delaying acceptance until the beginning of next year.

The spokesman said the preparation of the Alexander Nevsky for commissioning had already started.

The Vladimir Monomakh was floated out last December and has been undergoing a series of sea trials since June.

The boat will pass a series of inspections by a state acceptance commission in December to be handed over to the navy next year, the official said.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered a temporary suspension of the sea trials of the boats in September after a failed test of launch of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, which both craft will carry.

The trials were resumed in October, and the vessels will most likely be commissioned even without additional Bulava testing.

The first Borey-class submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, was commissioned into the Northern Fleet in January.

Borey-class ballistic-missile submarines are to become the mainstay of the Navy’s strategic nuclear deterrent, replacing the aging Project 941 (designated by NATO as Typhoon-class) and Project 667 (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats.

A total of eight Borey-class boats armed with Bulava ballistic missiles are to be built for the Russian navy by 2020.

Russian Navy Likely to Receive 2nd Borey Nuclear Sub by Year-End

Russian Navy Likely to Receive 2nd Borey Nuclear Sub by Year-End

MOSCOW, November 8 (RIA Novosti) – A second Borey-class nuclear-powered submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, will most likely be delivered to the Russian Navy around the end of November or early December this year, Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation said Friday.

“The Alexander Nevsky has completed state trials. It is currently undergoing some finishing works following recommendations by a state inspection commission,” the company said in a statement.

“The signing of the acceptance act could take place sometime at the end of November or early December, followed by deployment at its home base,” the statement said.

The state sea trials of the Alexander Nevsky were suspended in September following an unsuccessful launch of a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile from the submarine.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered to hold five additional launches of the troubled SLBM at the time.

However, the trials of the submarine were resumed in October, and the vessel is expected to be put into service with the Navy even without additional Bulava testing.

The first Borey-class submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, was commissioned into the Northern Fleet in January.

The Borei class is set to become the mainstay of the Russian Navy’s strategic nuclear deterrent fleet, replacing the aging Project 941 (NATO Typhoon class) and Project 667 class (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats.

A total of eight Borey-class submarines are to be built for the Russian Navy by 2020.

Russia’s New Nuclear Sub Completes Sea Trials

Russia's New Nuclear Sub Completes Sea Trials

MOSCOW, October 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s new nuclear-powered submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, has completed sea trials, a shipbuilder said Monday.

Work on the Borey-class project is “on schedule,” the Sevmash shipyard said, without providing any indication of when the submarine would join the navy.

In early September, Russia put on hold the trials of two Borey-class submarines following an unsuccessful launch of a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also ordered that the Alexander Nevsky and the Vladimir Monomakh submarines, designed to carry the Bulava, hold five additional launches of the troubled SLBM.

The Alexander Nevsky was expected to be handed over to the Navy on November 15, while the other Borey-class sub was due to be commissioned in mid-December, Sevmash chief Mikhail Budnichenko said in July. However, the adoption of both of those submarines depends on the success of the Bulava test launches.

Including that latest failure, eight out of 19 or 20 test launches of the troubled Bulava have been officially declared unsuccessful. The Russian military has repeatedly stated that there is no alternative to the Bulava.

The three-stage Bulava carries up to 10 MIRV warheads, has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) and is designed for deployment on Borey-class nuclear submarines.

Sevmash also said Russia’s first Project 885M Yasen-class attack submarine, the Severodvinsk, would start final trials in the White Sea next month.