MOSCOW, October 8 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s first Project 885M Yasen-class attack submarine, the Severodvinsk, will complete final trials in November or December, after which a government commission will decide whether to adopt it for service with the navy, the United Shipbuilding Corporation said Tuesday.
Media reports previously said the navy main command refused to commission the nuclear-powered Severodvinsk over unspecified technical problems.
The submarine has completed four rounds of sea trials since May 30, the manufacturer said, adding that all the trials had been a success.
The submarine’s armament will include 3M55 Oniks (SS-N-26) and 3M54 (SS-N-27) Kalibr cruise missiles and conventional torpedoes, rocket torpedoes and mines, according to its designer, Malakhit.
The second Project 885M submarine, the Kazan, has been under construction at the Sevmash shipyard since 2009.