Nikolay Evmenov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy confirmed to ESD, during a ceremony raising the Russian Navy flag onboard the submarine PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY at Admiralty Shipyards, that Russia will continue construction of diesel-electric submarines for two more projects.
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY (diesel-electric) is the first of six Project 636.3 submarines ordered in 2016 for Russia’s Pacific Fleet. It was laid at the Admiralty Shipyards on July 28, 2017, and launched on March 28, 2019. VOLKHOV, the second diesel-electric submarine of the series, was launched on December 26, 2019.
(Editor’s note: This took place one day before the start of a China-Iran-Russia joint naval exercise extending from the Gulf of Oman to the Indian Ocean, as part of a “normal military exchange” presumed to be instrumental in an attempt to “stabilise security” in the region and support efforts against “terrorism and piracy,” according to Brig Gen Aboldazl Shekarchi, official spokesman for Iran’s armed forces.)
After the construction of a series of these submarines through Project 636.3 for the Black Sea and Pacific Fleets, the Russian Navy will order another batch of such submarines for its increasingly present Baltic Fleet. ESD exclusive sources in the shipbuilding industry confirmed that this could be less than six submarines of this series for the Baltic Fleet.
According to Commander Evmenov, there remains a requirement for Project 677 and the exact number of submarines to be ordered will be specified and provided along with details of the first ships delivered within the project.
Developed by Russia’s Rubin Design Bureau, the LADA class diesel-electric submarines of Project 677, belong to the fourth generation of non-nuclear submarines. They are designed to oppose submarines and surface ships, defeat potential enemy coastal targets, lay minefields, and transport specialised personnel and cargo. LADAs have benefit of a low level noise signature and are equipped with Calibre cruise missiles.
The 2nd and the 3rd non-nuclear submarines of Project 677 will be manufactured by November 25, 2020. Currently one of them, called KRONSHTADT, is ready by 89%, the second one, VERKHNIYE LUKI, by 55%. Submarines of project 677 LADA are called the names of the cities of sea glory of Russia.
Construction of the fourth and the fifth submarines will each start no earlier than 2021, with expected completion in 2025 and 2027 respectively. The contract for manufacture of these two submarines was concluded during the annual ARMY exposition and forum in August 2019 in Kubinka, Moscow region.