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Admiralty Shipyards conducts sea trials of new diesel submarine

RIA Novosti

03/08/2006 12:54 ST. PETERSBURG, August 3 (RIA Novosti) - Admiralty Shipyards, a St. Petersburg-based company, said Thursday it had started the second round of sea trials of a new diesel-electric submarine.

The St. Petersburg, a Project 677 or Lada-class diesel submarine, was designed by the Rubin design bureau and conducted factory sea trials in December 2005.

The submarine, whose export version is known as the Amur 1650, features a new anti-sonar coating for the hull, an extended cruising range and advanced anti-ship and anti-submarine weaponry.

A second Lada-class submarine, the Kronshtadt, which is also the first in production series, is being built at the shipyard and another submarine, the Petrozavodsk, will be laid down in the near future, the company said.

Admiralty Shipyards is a state-owned company that specializes in the design, production and modernization of civil and naval surface ships and submarines.

Since 1910, the company has constructed 300 submarines (including 41 nuclear submarines) and 68 deep-diving and underwater vehicles. It controls 15% of the global submarine sales market. It has built Kilo-class submarines for India, China and Iran.

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