MOSCOW, February 9 (RIA Novosti)
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The Russian Navy has decided against construction of Lada class submarines (Project 677) and will instead modernize its existing boats, Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
The design of the diesel-electric Lada class was completed at the end of the 1990s, but none of the planned boats have entered service, although the lead ship in the class, the Saint Petersburg, is undergoing trials with the Baltic Fleet, Vysotsky said.
“The Russian Navy does not need the Lada in its current form,” he said.
Vysotsky also said the first the non-nuclear Russian submarine with anaerobic propulsion may begin trials in 2014.
Currently all of Russia’s submarines are either nuclear or diesel-electric powered.
“It is entirely possible we will receive a test version of an air-independent power plant in the next few years. On boats of the Lada class, two of which are already laid down. Trials may begin in 2014. That is absolutely realistic,” he said.
In addition, all of Russia’s active strategic submarines will be armed with Liner ballistic missiles, an advanced version of the Sineva missile, Vysotsky said.
“For now only those on combat patrol in the Pacific Ocean are equipped with them. But in future all our active strategic submarines - Delfin and Kalmar (Delta III and Delta IV) - will be armed with these missiles,” he said.
Construction of a new aircraft carrier will begin before 2020, Vysotsky said.
“Actual construction of the ship will begin before 2020 and will be completed after 2020. The design of the new carrier complex will be determined in the course of two years, by 2014,” he said.
The Admiral Kuznetsov is currently the Russian Navy’s only active aircraft carrier.
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- shanksinhaRubin Needs to do better than that12:47, 09/02/2012Very discouraging news. It seems that the problems with Litiy integrated combat management system is proving insurmountable. Project 677 or Lada was always a risky design and should have been developed as incremental development of Project 636. Instead the designers tried to incorporate too many new things in the design.
At the end of the day, the lada class in its present form did not offer any substantial capability improvements over the Project 636 Varshavyanka boats. Russian Navy should promptly order more 636 boats. Export prospects for Rubin Design Bureau will will be hurt as it has no modern designs to compete in international conventional submarine markets.
If attempts to drag Russia into a direct military conflict in Ukraine are successful, it would be a catastrophe for Russia comparable to the 1979-1989 Afghan war. There is no direct evidence that the US is trying to bring about a second Afghan war, but indirect evidence abounds.