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Russian Navy Knyaz Vladimir Project 955A Borei-A class submarine completes sea trials.

| 2020

The Russian Navy Project 955A Borei-A class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Vladimir (NATO reporting name: Dolgorukiy-class) has completed its sea trials and arrived in Severodvinsk in north Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said, on May 25, 2020. 
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Russian Navy Knyaz Vladimir Project 955A Borei A class submarine completes sea trials 925 001Knyaz Vladimir Borei-A Class SSBN submarine at the roadstead of Severodvinsk on sea trials. June 2019. (Picture source Twitter account Capt(N))

The Knyaz Vladimir is a Borei-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, and the first upgraded Borei-A (Project 955A) unit to enter service with the Russian Navy. The Project 955A will differ by several modifications from the previous version of the project 955. These modifications include major structural changes, reduced acoustic signature, and more modern communication equipment. While initially reported to have four more (20 in total) launch tubes, the 955A includes 16 missile tubes same as the project 955. It will be armed with the newest Russian submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the RSM-56 Bulava.

“The nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine went to the White Sea on May 12. Its trials took place above- and underwater. Tugboats of the White Sea naval base and the Mikhail Rudnitsky rescue vessel were used to provide search-and-rescue support during the trials of the Knyaz Vladimir submarine,” the press office said.

The submarine is planned to join the Navy after the results of the trials are analyzed.

The major part of the trials, including missile and submerged torpedo firing, was completed by the Knyaz Vladimir in late 2019. At that time, the submarine was supported by forces of the Northern Fleet’s White Sea naval base.

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