At today’s launch of Russia’s first proyekt 885M or Yasen-M SSN Kazan, Navy CINC Admiral Vladimir Korolev said the third Yasen-M, Krasnoyarsk, will be launched in 2019. But he didn’t mention the second, Novosibirsk.
According to RIA Novosti, Korolev also indicated that the sixth Yasen-M (seventh Yasen overall) will be laid down this summer, and will be named Ulyanovsk.
Korolev also said the first modernized proyekt 955A or Borey A SSBN Knyaz Vladimir will be launched this summer. It will be the fourth Borey overall, and will carry the improved Bulava-M SLBM.
At the launch ceremony for Kazan, the Navy CINC reported that:
“Last year we reached the same number of underway days which existed before the post-Soviet period. That is more than 3,000 days at sea for Russia’s submarine fleet. It’s a wonderful indicator.”
While launch is a very significant milestone in submarine production, Kazan still faces a lengthy period of pierside fitting out, factory trials, and state testing.