ST. PETERSBURG, November 13 (RIA Novosti) – The construction of a fifth Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine is expected to begin in late 2014, Russia’s navy chief Adm.Viktor Chirkov said Wednesday.
“We have a state defense procurement program in line with which the construction of ships is taking place,” Chirkov told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on prospects of military shipbuilding until 2050.
“I cannot talk about a specific date … but the start to construction of another Borey will happen within a year,” he said.
The first Borey-class submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, was commissioned into the Northern Fleet in January.
The second, the Alexander Nevsky, is most likely expected for delivery to the Russian Navy around the end of this month or in early December, according to Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation.
The third boat, the Vladimir Monomakh, is undergoing sea and state trials, while the fourth Borey-class submarine, the Knyaz Vladimir, has been under construction at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia since July 2012.
Borey-class ballistic-missile submarines are to become the mainstay of the Navy's strategic nuclear deterrent, replacing the aging Project 941 (designated by NATO as Typhoon-class) and Project 667 (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats.
A total of eight Borey-class boats are to be built for the Russian Navy by 2020.