Russia to Equip 5G Submarines with Ballistic and Cruise Missiles

22 March 2011 (Last Updated March 22nd, 2011 18:30)

Russia is planning to equip its proposed fifth-generation nuclear submarines with ballistic and cruise missiles, a senior navy source has said. The names of the ballistic and cruise missiles have not been disclosed. Russian First Deputy Defence Minister Vladimir Popovkin said the

Russia is planning to equip its proposed fifth-generation nuclear submarines with ballistic and cruise missiles, a senior navy source has said.

The names of the ballistic and cruise missiles have not been disclosed.

Russian First Deputy Defence Minister Vladimir Popovkin said the newest fifth-generation submarine could be developed by 2020 under a 2011-2020 arms procurement programme.

The $651bn arms procurement plan for 2011-2020 was submitted to the government last year, of which the defence ministry plans to spend 80% on buying weapons and 10% on R&D.

The country is also planning to build eight fourth-generation strategic nuclear submarines by 2020 and equip them with Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missiles, according to RIA Novosti.