The Russian Navy plans to procure 12 more Project 677 Lada-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs).
“We will continue to build the Project 636.3 Varshavyanka-class [Improved Kilo-class] SSKs and at least 12 of the newest Lada-class submarines,” the navy’s commander-in-chief, Admiral Vladimir Korolyov, told Russian media on 3 December.
According to the admiral, Russia’s naval shipbuilding industry is building two more Project 677 SSKs, Kronstadt and Velikiye Luki. “The Kronstadt submarine was launched in late September. Both SSKs will be delivered to the navy in 2021,” he said. An Admiralty Shipyards source told Jane’s that the contracts for the fourth and fifth submarines would be signed in 2019.
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