Two New Project 636.3 Submarines to be Laid Down

Next month Russia will lay down two new submarines for the Pacific Fleet.

Speaking about a number of submarine projects on June 26, 2017, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov noted that the first two Project 636.3 submarines for the Pacific Fleet are due to be laid down next month.

He said, “In July, the Admiralty Wharfs Shipyard will start the construction of a series of Project 636.3 submarines for the Pacific Fleet. The first two such submarines will get the names of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Volkhov.”

Russia touts the diesel-electric submarines of the class as being among the most ‘noiseless’ submarines in the world. The submarines carry a number of torpedoes as well as Kalibr anti-shipping and land attack cruise missiles.

Six Project 636.3 submarines have already been built. All six entered service with the Black Sea Fleet over the last few years, beginning in 2014 and ending in 2016.

Krasnodar, the fourth submarine in the class, was recently involved in firing Kalibr cruise missiles at militant positions in Syria, in eastern Hama.

Admiral Korolyov also noted that a new Project 955 submarine, which is nuclear powered, will be laid down in August.

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