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“MOSCOW, 21 July. ITAR-TASS. The crew’s readiness to fulfill combat missions is being checked onboard the new generation project 955 ‘Borey’ ballistic missile submarine ‘Yuriy Dolgorukiy.’”
“As the press-service director Yekaterina Pilikina of Severodvinsk enterprise ‘Sevmash’ announced today, ‘the missile-carrier has returned from the latest phase of factory underway testing. This was the nuclear submarine’s first at-sea period this year,’ she reminded.”
“‘The nuclear submarine was in testing more than two weeks. Navigation equipment, the submarine’s buoyancy control system were checked, essential yearly checks of several of the submarine’s parameters were done,’ Pilikina announced. ”
“In the estimation of the chief builder for military equipment production at ‘Sevmash’ Vladimir Prokofyev, ’the outlined plan was completely fulfilled. There are issues which have to be worked out to prepare the boat for the next at-sea period which will happen in the near future,’ he noted.”
“‘While at sea, the boat’s crew’s readiness to fulfill combat missions was checked,’ Pilikina announced. ‘The crew commanded by Captain First Rank Vladimir Shirin successfully completed all training tasks.’”
“Earlier it was announced that before the end of this year the Russian Navy plans to conduct not less than three test launches of the ‘Bulava’ submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile, and from the ballistic missile submarine ’Dmitriy Donskoy’ and from the permanent platform for this missile system – nuclear submarine ’Yuriy Dolgorukiy.’ It is the first ‘Borey’ type submarine.
“At present in ‘Sevmash’ there are three more submarines of this type in various stages of construction.”
“The ‘Borey’ type submarines were designed in St. Petersburg TsKB [Central Design Bureau] of Naval Equipment ‘Rubin.’ According to open source data, several achievements in the creation of shipboard radioelectronic means and noise reduction are employed in the construction of the ‘Boreys.’ They will be armed with the new ‘Bulava’ missile system. The nuclear submarine can carry 12 solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles with a MIRVed warhead. The submarines are outfitted with a surfacing rescue chamber for the entire crew. The hull of the ‘Borey’ type nuclear submarine is 170 m, the beam is 13.5 m, the submergence depth is 450 m, and the crew is 107 men. According to the Defense Ministry’s plans, not less than eight nuclear submarines of this project are to be built. ‘Borey’ is supposed to be the main naval component of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces in the 21st century.”