Russia’s Sevmash shipyard is to convert the multirole Project 949AM nuclear submarine Belgorod for a “series of special missions,” the navy’s head Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky said on Thursday.
Construction of the Belgorod has been suspended since the sinking of its sister ship, the Kursk, a cruise missile armed boat, in 2000.
“Belgorod will be completed as a special project. The boat will have many special tasks ahead of it,” Vysotsky said.
The Russian Navy has several submarines for what it terms “special missions,” but information about them remains classified.
The Project 949M class has a displacement of 23,860 tons, a length of 150 meters, speed of 33 knots and crew of 118.