Fifth Borei-class nuclear submarine to be constructed for Russian Navy

The nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Oleg, the fifth to be built under Project 955A Borei, designed by Rubin Central Design Bureau, will be laid down at the Sevmash Shipyard on July 19, a source in the shipbuilding industry told Interfax-AVN on Thursday. "The fifth Borei will be called Knyaz Oleg. It will be laid down at the Sevmash on July 19," the source said.

He also said that the Knyaz Oleg will become the second nuclear submarine to be built under the improved project 955-A. The Borei project's head nuclear submarine, Yuriy Dolgorukiy, raised its flag on January 10, 2013; the first one serially-produced - Aleksandr Nevsky - was handed over to the Navy on December 23, 2013. The third Borei, Vladimir Monomakh, is undergoing tests before entering service in the Navy this year. A solid hull has been built for the fourth ship - an upgraded Project 955-A, Borei-A, new-generation nuclear submarine Knyaz Vladimir.

The Project 955 Borei nuclear submarines have the following characteristics: displacement 24,000 tons (submerged), length 170 meters, width 13.5 meters, draught 10 meters, speed 29 knots, armament: 16 Bulava ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles), torpedoes and torpedo missiles in six 533-millimeter torpedo tubes.