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    Russia to Lay Keel for 1st Varshavyanka-Class Sub for Pacific Fleet in 2017

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    Russia will lay down the first Varshavyanka-class Project 636 stealth submarine for the country's Pacific Fleet in 2017, the Admiralty Shipyard's Director General Alexander Buzakov said Wednesday.

    ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — In September, Buzakov said that the shipyard planned to deliver six Varshavyanka-class submarines to the Pacific Fleet by 2021.

    "The keel laying ceremony [of the first submarine] will take place in the fall of the next year," Buzakov told reporters.

    The Varshavyanka-class is an improved version of Kilo-class submarines that features advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.

    The vessels, carrying crews of 52, have a top underwater speed of 20 knots and a cruising range of 400 miles (electric propulsion), with the ability to patrol for 45 days.

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    Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3) submarine, Russian Navy, Russian Pacific Fleet, Admiralty Shipyards, Alexander Buzakov, Russia
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