Technical problems have delayed the entry into service of the Russian Navy’s newest nuclear-powered attack/cruise missile submarine (SSN/SSGN) until late in 2020 at the earliest, according to Russian state news agency TASS on 17 May.
TASS reported that auxiliary systems on the Project 885M SSN Kazan had failed to meet requirements. The submarine, which is the second Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class boat, was launched at the Sevmash shipyard in the northern port city of Severodvinsk in March 2017 and had been expected to formally enter service with the Northern Fleet in late 2018.
“Following the results of dockside trials and also the winter stage of shipbuilders’ trials [which ended in January], it has been established that some of the vessel’s auxiliary subassemblies and mechanisms do not meet the requirements of the specifications set by the Defence Ministry, including reliability characteristics, and require finalising in the Sevmash dock,” an industry source was quoted by TASS as saying.
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