Russia to Equip Husky-Class Sub With Robotics Capable of Operating in Air, Water

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Submarine of Russia's Northern Fleet - Sputnik International
MOSCOW, December 19 (Sputnik) - Russia's fifth-generation Husky-class nuclear submarine will be equipped with robotic systems able to operate in water and air, Oleg Vlasov, head of the robotics sector of the Malakhit Marine Engineering Bureau in St. Petersburg, told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"I can say that there will be robotics on Husky, which will work in two environments. The development is already underway, now that the forms are laid out, they will be specified," Vlasov said.

He added that the Husky-class submarine, developed as a successor to the Russian Yasen-class submarine, would be equipped with robotic systems to be used for carrying out tasks for military and civilian purposes.

The construction of Husky-class multi-purpose nuclear submarines is expected to begin in 2023-2024, Deputy Navy Commander Vice Adm. Viktor Bursuk told Sputnik at the end of July, adding that the vessel might also be equipped with 3M22 Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missile.

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Russia's defense policy is aimed at enhancing its military capabilities under the 2018-2025 State Armaments Program, adopted in 2015 and defining massive military hardware upgrades, with the plan of 70-percent rearmament by 2020.

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