WebSify
Follow us on
Mail
Print

Russia to scrap world's biggest n-subs

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Tue, May 21, 2013 20:07 hrs

Moscow: Russia will decommission and scrap two of the world's largest submarines by 2018, a defence industry source has said.

The Severstal and the Arkhangelsk, both Project 841 (Typhoon-class) ballistic-missile submarines, are based at Severodvinsk on the White Sea. They will be withdrawn from the Navy by this year-end and will begin to be dismantled.

"This process is to be completed before 2018-2020 at the latest," the source said, adding the boats are outdated and it is too costly to modernise them.

A third submarine of this class, the Dmitry Donskoy, has been modernised as a test platform for Russia's new Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile It will remain in service in that capacity for some time yet, the source said.

Six Typhoon-class submarines entered service with the Soviet Navy in the 1980s, and remain the largest submarines ever built. Three have already been scrapped.




blog comments powered by Disqus
most popular on facebook
talking point on sify news