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Fifth Borei Class, Fourth Yasen Class Submarines to Form Backbone of Russian Navy

RIA Novosti

19:42 27/07/2014

SEVERODVINSK, July 27 (RIA Novosti) - The fifth strategic nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine 'Knyaz Oleg' (Borei-class) and the fourth multi-purpose attack submarine 'Krasnoyarsk' (Yasen-class) in the next decade will become the basis for the Navy, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Sunday.

'I think that these ships in the coming decades will form the basis of the Navy and are guaranteed to provide the defense capability and the security of our country,' Borisov told reporters after the ceremony of laying down the submarines at the Sevmash plant in Severodvinsk, as part of the celebrations of the Russian Navy Day.

According to Borisov, 'the contract has real money, the [contracting] companies have a real production capacity and human resources.'

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin assured earlier that Knyaz Oleg and Krasnoyarsk submarines will be assembled in time.

The Russian Navy currently has 60 submarines, about 10 of which are nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, and more than 30 are multipurpose nuclear sumbmarines, with the rest being diesel and special purpose vessels.

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