Borei-Class Sub to Join Russian Active Force

The Russian Defense Ministry is set in September to assume control of the Borei-class ballistic missile submarine Yuri Dolgoruky, RIA Novosti quoted a United Shipbuilding insider as saying on Friday (see GSN, Aug. 15).

The vessel was previously slated to join the nation's active force in July and later in August, according to prior Russian navy statements.

The United Shipbuilding source added that a new Bulava ballistic missile trial firing is slated to occur in November from the Borei-class submarine Alexander Nevsky during the ship's testing.

Russia is expected to construct eight Borei-class submarines as successors to its older Project 667 boats, according to RIA Novosti. The new vessels, once equipped with the Bulava ballistic missile, are slated to constitute the backbone of Russia's submarine-based strategic ballistic missile deterrent.

Russia's military could take custody in 2012 of the Yasen-class atomic submarine Severodvinsk, the head of Russia's navy said separately. The vessel's atomic energy system faced technical issues that threatened to prevent the step until 2013, according to previous reporting.

Vice Adm. Viktor Chirkov stated: “Yasen is undergoing tests in accordance with the program. We hope it will raise the flag this year” (RIA Novosti I, Aug. 17).

No Russian atomic submarine has evaded detection in the Gulf of Mexico for a period of weeks, the U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday in response to a recent press report.

“I don't know what that information was based on, but it was not correct,” spokeswoman Wendy Snyder said in an RIA Novosti report.

A Russian Defense Ministry official declined to address the report (RIA Novosti II, Aug. 16).

August 17, 2012
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The Russian Defense Ministry is set in September to assume control of the Borei-class ballistic missile submarine Yuri Dolgoruky, RIA Novosti quoted a United Shipbuilding insider as saying on Friday.

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