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Russia’s newest nuclear-powered subs will have 4,000km-range cruise missiles

Project 885M multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarines designed to carry Kalibr-M cruise missiles with a range of over 4,000km
Jordan Major

The Project 885M multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarines Voronezh and Vladivostok were laid down at the Sevmash Shipyard on July 20. In recent years, Russia’s military and manpower spending budget has increased considerably. The country aims to keep on par with its global peers in matters of military and technological capabilities.

In that context, their new subs come in a design to carry advanced Kalibr-M cruise missiles that have a range of over 4,000 km. This information was dispensed by a defense industry source speaking on the sidelines of the Army-2020 forum on August 28. The source added:

“The new multi-purpose submarines will carry principally new Kalibr-M missiles with a firing range of over 4,000 km. The new Kalibr-M cruise missiles will be capable of delivering either conventional high-explosive fragmentation or nuclear warheads to the target.”

As this source told TASS, these submarines will be better prepared for the mission of non-nuclear strategic deterrence in comparison to their predecessors.

The project Project 885M development

Vladivostok and Voronezh will be put afloat in 2024 and 2025. Later, they will be delivered to the Navy under the current state armament program by the end of 2027.

Contract-signing to build the Project 885M (Yasen-M) multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarines happened at the Army-2019 international arms show that took place in the summer of 2019.

In 2014, the baseline Project 885 lead nuclear-powered underwater cruiser Severodvinsk joined Russia’s Northern Fleet. The upgraded Project 885M lead sub-Kazan will be sent to the Navy before the end of 2020.

Currently, five Project 885M submarines are at different construction stages at the Sevmash Shipyard that is owned by the United Shipbuilding Corporation.

Project 885/885M submarines carry Kalibr-PL and (or) Oniks cruise missiles. In the coming years, they will come armed with Tsirkon hypersonic missiles as their basic weapons.

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