Russia has finalized a deal for construction of five additional Borei-class ballistic missile submarines, RIA Novosti reported on Monday (see GSN, May 14).
“I have information that the contract for five subs has been signed” by the Russian Defense Ministry and United Shipbuilding, company spokesman Alexei Kravchenko said. He did not provide the development's timing (RIA Novosti, May 28).
"Two contracts have been signed within the framework of the 2012 state defense order. The first one with the Sevmash shipbuilding company for the construction of five new strategic submarines of Project 955A Borei class equipped with nuclear missiles (20 Bulava ballistic missiles each)," Interfax quoted Kravchenko as saying.
A Russian governmental Military-Industrial Commission insider said another agreement involves the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering (Interfax, May 28).
President Vladimir Putin did not succeed in preventing the collapse of a prior round of negotiations between the Defense Ministry and the contractor, RIA Novosti quoted Friday media updates as saying.
The sides would pursue further talks on payment for building the vessels, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Friday following a discussion with Putin. The contract's details and fate in discussions were unclear that day as Serdyukov and Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov departed to ink the document.
“There will be five submarines and a design contract,” Manturov stated previously on Friday. “The president made a considered decision that makes it possible to sign a contract with the Defense Ministry until 2020.”
Russia is slated to furnish no fewer than 10 Borei-class submarines to its navy during this decade. The vessels, once equipped with the Bulava ballistic missile, are slated to constitute the backbone of Russia's submarine-based strategic ballistic missile deterrent following 2018 (RIA Novosti).
Russia has finalized a deal for construction of five additional Borei-class ballistic missile submarines, RIA Novosti reported on Monday.