Borei-A and Yasen-M Class Boats Knyaz Oleg and Novosibirsk
Sevmash, a division of United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), delivered two new nuclear-powered submarines to the Russian Navy on 21 December.
The submarines – Knyaz Oleg and Novosibirsk – are of the Borei-A and Yasen-M classes respectively. Knyaz Oleg was laid down in 2014 and launched last year and carries RMS-56 Bulava (SS-NX-30 or SS-N-32) missiles. In January, Sevmash was contracted to build two further Project 955-A Borei-A class boats for the Russian Navy – a total of eight are understood to be planned, all to be built by Sevmash at the Severodvinsk yard.
Novosibirsk – a Project 885M Yasen-M design – was laid down in 2013 and launched in 2019. She is the fourth of the class and completed sea trials earlier this year. With a submerged displacement of 13,800t, Project 885M submarines are armed with 24 P-800 Oniks/Yakhont/Bastion (SS-N-26 Strobile) and 3M54 Kalibr/Club (SS-N-27 Sizzler) cruise missiles, as well as torpedoes. They are reputed to be among the quietest submarines operated by the Russian Navy.