Putin vows building 4 new ballistic missile submarines
The Russian President reveals that four new ballistic missile submarines are to be built, "ensuring the country's security for many years to come."
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday that four more nuclear-powered submarines will be built as part of the country's current weapons program, ensuring the country's security for many years to come.
Putin stressed in a ceremony that the new submarines and ships would be outfitted with high-precision weapons and robotic systems, as well as advanced navigation, communication, and sonar equipment.
"I would like to point out that four more such submarines will be built under the current state armament program. This will ensure Russia’s security for decades to come," Putin assured.
Russian ballistic missile submarines, which are currently being developed and built, have many distinguishing features, while new submarines and surface vessels have modern navigation, communications, and sonar systems, as well as high-precision weapons and robotic systems, Putin detailed.
"We will increase the pace and volume of construction of ships of various projects, equip them with the most modern weapons, and conduct operational and combat training of sailors, taking into account the experience gained, including during a special military operation."
"In short, we will do everything necessary to reliably ensure the security of Russia and to protect our national interests in the oceans," Putin added.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the President revealed that the small rocket ship Grad Sviyazhsk is a new-generation project and that ships of this class have demonstrated outstanding performance in combat missions in Syria, as well as in Ukraine.
In a related context, local media outlets reported that the next Russian nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine "Emperor Alexander III" will begin running tests in June 2023.
The Borei class' seventh submarine was completed earlier in the day, Rossiya 24 broadcaster reported.
“All weapons systems of the submarine will be tested during the trials," the media outlet added.