Russia has begun factory sea trials of one of its most powerful strategic nuclear submarines - the Knyaz Oleg submarine. This is the second ship built according to the upgraded Borey-A project 955A.
According to TASS, on May 30, the first test launch of the new Project 955A Borei-A strategic missile submarine took place. According to previously released data, tests could begin in June.
There was also information that the first serial missile carrier of Project 955A will enter the fleet for the Day of the Russian Navy, which will be celebrated on July 25 this year.
According to a well-informed source, the delivery date of the ship had to be postponed, since during the tests the submarine must carry out a combat training launch of the R-30 Bulava-30 intercontinental ballistic missile. The launch will be carried out from the Barents Sea: the submarine will be submerged. The target is located at the Kura training ground in Kamchatka.
The submarine "Prince Oleg" was officially laid down on July 27, 2014 and launched on July 16, 2020. Its displacement (underwater) is 24,000 tons.
The boat is 170 meters long and 13.5 meters wide. The crew consists of 107 people. The basis of the armament is 16 R-30 solid-propellant ballistic missiles. Earlier there was information about an increase in the number of missiles, but the information, as far as can be judged, does not correspond to the truth.
According to data from open sources, a distinctive feature of the Borei-A missile carriers is that they do not use the backlog from previous models of nuclear submarines, such as the Shchuka-B, during their creation. This allows you to fully unleash the potential inherent in the project.
According to media reports, the submarines of the updated project differ from the basic version by a lower level of physical fields and, accordingly, better stealth. The Borey-A boats have more advanced communications, detection and weapons control systems. The creators have also improved the crew's habitability.
Now in the combat composition of the Navy there are four submarines of projects 955 / 955A. The very first ship of the series - K-535 "Yuri Dolgoruky" - was handed over to the fleet in 2013. The transfer of the first ship of the modernized project - K-549 "Prince Vladimir" - took place in 2020.
In the foreseeable future, the Project 955 / 955A submarines will become the basis of the naval component of the Russian nuclear triad, taking the place of the Project 667BDRM Dolphin boats.
Russia and the fleet of multipurpose nuclear submarines are rearming, gradually putting into operation new boats of the Yasen project.