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Kazan Yasen-M-class SSGN Project 885M submarine joins Russian Navy.

| 2021

According to information published by Tass on May 7, 2021, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov lead the ceremony at Sevmash Shipyard to accept into service the Kazan Yasen-M-class SSGN of project 885M.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Kazan Yasen-M-class SSGN Project 885M submarine at Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk, Russia (Picture source: Oleg Kuleshov)

Sevmash CEO Mikhail Budnochenko said over a hundred enterprises contributed to the Kazan construction. Project 885M is built in a major series, he added.

The acceptance act was signed by Budnichenko and chair of the acceptance commission Captain 1st rank Alexey Poteshin. It was approved by the Navy chief and confirmed the successful completion of submarine trials. The Kazan successfully fired Kalibr missile at a coastal target and Onyx missile at a sea target.

The Navy currently operates the Severodvinsk SSGN of the basic project 885. Sevmash laid it in 1993 and floated in 2010. It operates in the Northern fleet. The Kazan will also join the Northern fleet. The Novosibirsk SSGN was floated in December 2019 and will operate in the Pacific fleet, which it has to join in late 2021.

Sevmash is building the Krasnoyarsk, the Arkhangelsk, the Perm, the Ulyanovsk, the Voronezh, and the Vladivostok SSGN of project 885M. The Krasnoyarsk is to be floated in August 2021.

The series of eight project 885M SSGN is to be completed in 2028 with the Vladivostok sub.

The Kazan lead submarine of project 885M was floated on March 31, 2017 and began running trials on September 25, 2018. The submarine has successfully test fired Kalibr and Onyx missiles.

The Yasen-M class is an improved version of the Yasen nuclear attack submarine using an advanced design that increases its ability to detect enemy vessels at speeds far higher than those of its predecessors. A new power supply and acoustic defense systems have been developed for the boat in order to reduce the noise signature and increase its stealth capability. The boat features optimized hull shape, upgraded electronic warfare (EW) and automation systems, two more vertical launching system silos, a pump-jet propulsion system allowing for silent operation and new torpedo tubes.

The Yasen-M is equipped with eight VLS Vertical Launching System able to fire anti-ship and cruise missiles, ten torpedo tubes (533 mm), and Igla-M surface-to-air missiles. The Oniks, also known as Yakhont is a Russian-made supersonic anti-ship cruise missile developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya. The missile has an operational range of 600 km.

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