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Russia lays keels of two new diesel-electric submarines

06 November 2019
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The first Project 636.3 submarine, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, was laid on 28 July 2017 and launched on 28 March 2019. Source: Admiralty Shipyards

Russia's Admiralty Shipyards, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation, laid keels of two new Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines, Ufa and Magadan, for the Russian Navy's (VMF's) Pacific Fleet on 1 November.

The boats are being built under a contract for six submarines for the Pacific Fleet signed with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in September 2016. Ufa and Magadan are the third and fourth boats, respectively, of the series. The first submarine of the series, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, was laid on 28 July 2017 and launched on 28 March 2019, with delivery to the VMF scheduled for 25 November. The second boat, Volkhov, is planned to be launched in December, while construction of the fifth and sixth submarines is being prepared. The entire series is scheduled to be completed in 2022. With construction taking 28 months, the recently laid Ufa and Magadan are to be delivered in late 2021 and the first half of 2022, respectively.

Construction of the first boat of the class for the Black Sea Fleet, Novorossiysk, took 49 months (August 2010-September 2014), while Krasnodar took 21 months (February 2014-November 2015), and Rostov-on-Don took 37 months (November 2011-December 2014).

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