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Russian Navy Broadens Its Fleet

Russian Navy Broadens Its Fleet 8 September, 2016

Russia signed a contract with the Admiralty Shipyard for diesel-electric submarines of Project 636 (Varshavyanka class) at the Army 2016 International Military-Technical Forum on Wednesday. Russia’s Pacific Fleet will receive six diesel-electric submarines, planned to be built in the period from 2018 to 2021. Varshavyanka submarines were developed by Rubin Central Design Bureau and four submarines under this class are already in service with the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet. The low-noise and highly manoeuvrable Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3) submarines, which feature 533-milimeter torpedo tubes and are armed with torpedoes, mines, and Kalibr 3M54 (NATO code: SS-N-27 Sizzler) cruise missiles, are designed for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface-ship warfare (ASuW) and also for general reconnaissance and patrol missions. This class is an improved version of the Kilo class submarines, featuring advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.

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