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Going Non-Nuclear: New Russian Sub's Invisibility System Will Be Tested in 2021

© Photo : Admiralty ShipyardsThe Amur 1650 fourth-generation diesel submarine, a Lada-class vessel featuring improved acoustic stealth, improved weapons systems and an optional air-independent propulsion system.
The Amur 1650 fourth-generation diesel submarine, a Lada-class vessel featuring improved acoustic stealth, improved weapons systems and an optional air-independent propulsion system. - Sputnik International
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Air-independent propulsion system tests for Russia's fifth-generation non-nuclear submarines should conclude by late 2021, the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) told Sputnik on Wednesday.

KUBINKA (Moscow Region), (Sputnik) — Igor Ponomarev, the USC vice president for military shipbuilding, said at the Army-2017 forum testing should be completed before the end of 2021 "since we are all interested in carrying out the Navy's plans for the construction of non-nuclear fifth-generation submarines.

Ponomarev noted that a decision was made for the Ministry of Industry and Trade to create the propulsion system's prototype fitted to a testbed.

"At the present time, the corresponding terms of reference are being formed," he added.

Air-independent submarines are quieter than conventional diesel-electric boats and do not have to surface or use snorkel tubes to breathe air, thereby avoiding exposure to radar and other sensors.

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Russia has been primarily reliant on the fleet of nuclear submarines. It was earlier reported that brand new Russian Borey-A and Yasen-M class submarines will become almost “invisible” to hydroacoustic stations, the main means of submarine detection.

As of now, three Borey-class (Project 995) submarines have been completed and another three are under construction. Eight Borey-class submarines are expected to enter into service by 2020 and become the primary nuclear force for the Russian Navy.

Russia's third Yasen-M cass (Project 885) nuclear submarine will be floated out in 2019. They are Russia's newest class of submarines.

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