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    Knyaz Vladimir Nuclear Submarine to Be Commissioned to Russian Navy in 2018

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    Russia's Project 955A Borei II-class ballistic missile submarine, the Knyaz Vladimir, will be commissioned to the Russian Navy in 2018.

    SEVERODVINSK (Russia) (Sputnik) — Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Adm. Vladimir Korolev said on Friday that Russia's Project 955A Borei II-class ballistic missile submarine, the Knyaz Vladimir, will be commission to the Russian Navy in 2018.

    "We are planning to receive the vessel in 2018, I think, Sevmash [shipyard] will confirm this," Korolev told reporters.

    Knyaz Vladimir is the fourth Borei II-class submarine, developed by Russia's Rubin Design Bureau. The Borei-class nuclear-powered subs are to become the mainstay of the naval component of the Russia's strategic nuclear deterrent. The new vessels, with a length of nearly two football fields, can carry sixteen Bulava missiles, each fitted with up to 10 independently-targetable nuclear warheads.

    ​By 2020, the Russian Navy plans to operate a total of eight Borei-class strategic submarines.

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