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    Russian Nuclear Subs Will Get Advanced Reconaissance Equipment

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    New fifth-generation nuclear submarines Russia is currently developing will have increased speed, improved reconnaissance capability and advanced weaponry, Russian Navy’s Commander-in-Chief Adm. Viktor Chirkov said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia is currently undergoing a $325-billion rearmament program to achieve a 70-percent modernization of its military by 2020.

    "The main efforts in designing the new generation of strategic purpose missile submarines and multi-purpose nuclear submarines are aimed at ensuring stealth, a significant reduction of the noisiness…, a modernization of the communication and control equipment, as well as equipping them with automated reconnaissance and warning systems. The weapons will be improved accordingly," Chirkov said at the ceremony introducing a new Alexander Nevsky submarine.

    He added that modernization allows for improved features in on-board life support systems and weapons being implemented on the cutting-edge submarines.

    Chirkov said in May that a development of fifth-generation submarines, featuring unified module platforms and integrated robotic weaponry, had begun in Russia.

    The Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia said in July that the construction of fifth-generation nuclear-powered submarines could begin by 2020.

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