SSBN Alexander Nevsky

The Russian Navy’s second Borei-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), Alexander Nevsky, will undergo state acceptance trials in December.

Sevmash shipyard’s press service was cited by RIA Novosti as saying that the SSBN Alexander Nevsky deployment to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet was rescheduled by former Russian defence minister Anatoly Serdiukov from 2013 to 2014.

The fourth-generation submarine had recently completed sea trials and validated all its onboard systems capabilities in different modes, apart from demonstrating propulsive performance and manoeuvrability.

"Alexander Nevsky can carry up to 16 ballistic missiles and torpedoes."

The 170m-long Alexander Nevsky has a hull diameter of 13m, a crew capacity of 107, a submerged speed of 29k and a maximum depth of 450m.

Powered by an OK-650 nuclear reactor and AEU steam turbine, Alexander Nevsky can carry up to 16 ballistic missiles and torpedoes, including the Bulava (SS-NX-30) sea-based submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The lead submarine of the series, SSBN Yury Dolgoruky, is ready to be delivered to the Russian Navy, while two other vessels, Vladimir Monomakh and Knyaz Vladimir, were recently laid down.

The Bulava missile has undergone trials validating its capability, and it is expected to enter service with the Yury Dolgoruky.

By 2015, eight Borei-class submarines are planned to be constructed for the Russian Navy to replace the existing Project 941 and Project 667 (Nato Typhoon and Delta-3 and Delta-4)-class ballistic missile, as part of a state 2020 rearmament procurement programme.

Russia is also planning to acquire ten Graney-class nuclear attack submarines, as well as 20 diesel-electric submarines and six Varshavyanka-class vessels.

Image: SSBN Alexander Nevsky at its construction facility. Photo: courtesy of Alexey Kudenko.