Russia launches third improved ‘Kilo’ submarine, commissions first



Admiralty Shipyard launched the third of six Project 636.3 improved ‘Kilo’-class (or Varshavyanka-class) diesel-electric submarines for the Russian Navy at its yard in Saint Petersburg on 28 August.

Stary Oskol ‘s launch ceremony follows the commissioning of the first boat in the series, Novorossiysk , at Admiralty Shipyard the previous week on 22 August.

The six 3,125-tonne submarines form part of the Russian Ministry of Defence’s long-term plans to recapitalise the Black Sea Fleet, which currently fields just one submarine – the Soviet-era Project 877V experimental Paltus/’Kilo’-class SSK Alrosa (B 871). Under current planning the new boats are expected to be completed by 2016, according to local media reports.

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