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Russia launches Krasnoyarsk Yasen-M-class of project 885M sub.

| 2021

According to information published by Tass on July 30, 2021, the Russian Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk floated the Krasnoyarsk Yasen-M-class SSGN of project 885M submarine.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Krasnoyarsk Yasen-M-class SSGN of project 885M (Picture source: Russian embassy of Sri Lanka)

Head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Alexey Rakhmanov said Sevmash was working to accelerate nuclear submarine production by 9-14 months.

Sevmash plans to launch three submarines by the end of the year. It is loaded for ten years, shipyard Director Mikhail Budnichenko said.

The Navy has to receive the Novosibirsk SSGN of project 885M, the Knyaz Oleg Borey-A-class SSBN of project 955A, and the Belgorod special-designation nuclear submarine of project 09852 by the end of the year.

The Krasnoyarsk is the second serial submarine of project 885M. It was laid on July 27, 2014. The Russian Navy operates the Severodvinsk K-560 Yasen-class SSGN of project 885. It was laid by Sevmash on December 21, 1993, floated on June 15, 2010, and commissioned on July 17, 2014. The Navy also received the Kazan K-561 SSGN of project 885M. It was laid on July 24, 2009 and floated on March 31, 2017.

The Severodvinsk and the Kazan operate in the Northern fleet. The Novosibirsk first serial SSGN of project 885M was laid on July 26, 2013 and floated on December 25, 2019. It will be the first SSGN of the class in the Pacific fleet.

Sevmash is building another six SSGN of project 885M — the Krasnoyarsk, the Arkhangelsk (laid on March 19, 2015), the Perm (laid on July 29, 2016), the Ulyanovsk (laid on July 28, 2017), the Voronezh and the Vladivostok (both laid on July 20, 2020). The series of eight SSGN of project 885M is to be completed in 2028 when Vladivostok joins the Navy.

The Yasen-M class is an improved version of the Yasen nuclear attack submarine using an advanced design that increases its ability to detect enemy vessels at speeds far higher than those of its predecessors. A new power supply and acoustic defense systems have been developed for the boat in order to reduce the noise signature and increase its stealth capability. The boat features optimized hull shape, upgraded electronic warfare (EW) and automation systems, two more vertical launching system silos, a pump-jet propulsion system allowing for silent operation and new torpedo tubes.

The Yasen-M is equipped with eight VLS Vertical Launching System able to fire anti-ship and cruise missiles, ten torpedo tubes (533 mm), and Igla-M surface-to-air missiles. The Oniks, also known as Yakhont is a Russian-made supersonic anti-ship cruise missile developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya. The missile has an operational range of 600 km.

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