Russia to Start Construction of 2 Varshavyanka-Class Subs for Pacific Fleet

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Russia's St. Petersburg-based Admiralty Shipyards is planning to start construction of two more Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3) diesel-electric attack submarines for the Pacific Fleet in 2019, the company's CEO Alexander Buzakov said.

ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — According to Buzakov, the first two vessels of the series, the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, and the Volkhov were laid down on July 28 to be commissioned in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

"The third submarine is named Magadan, while the fourth is Ufa. They will be laid down in 2019 and floated out in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Both are expected to be commissioned in 2021," Buzakov said in an interview with Sputnik.

Earlier Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Borisov stated that the Russian Pacific Fleet will get first two Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines (Project 636.3, NATO reporting name Improved Kilo) in 2019.

He said that the new submarines would protect the eastern borders of Russia.

The Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3) is an improved version of Kilo-class submarines that features elements of advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets. A total of six such submarines have already been constructed for the country's Black Sea Fleet. The Pacific Fleet will get the same number of such submarines.


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