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Russia to build two more nuke subs in 2013


15:55, January 15, 2013

MOSCOW, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Russia will build two more nuclear-powered strategic submarines of the Borei A class, official daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta said on Monday.

The construction of the Alexander Suvorov is to start on July 28,Russia's Navy Day, the newspaper said. Another submarine, Mikhail Kutuzov, will be laid down in November.

The works on these two submarines have been underway since 2011. One more submarine of the same class, Knyaz Vladimir, has been under construction since July 2012.

Russia plans to build eight submarines of that class until 2020 to form the core of its Navy's nuclear deterrence strategy. They will replace the Project 941 (Typhoon by NATO classification) and Project 667 submarines. Three of them will be of Borei and five of Borei A type.

The Borei class submarines are capable of carrying 16 new multiple-warhead Bulava ballistic missiles, while the Borei A submarines can carry 20.

The first Borei-class submarine, Yury Dolgoruky, was put into active service on Jan. 10 in the Northern Fleet. The second Borei submarine, Alexander Nevsky, has been undergoing sea tests.

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