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Friday, March 19, 2010

Another modernized nuclear submarine to be launched in 2010

The Russian Northern Fleet’s strategic nuclear Delta-IV class submarine K-407 “Novomoskovsk” will be launched after in November after modernization at the Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk.After a two years long modernization which has prolonged the submarine’s lifetime with approximately ten years, “Novomoskovsk” will be launched in November, news agency ARMS-TASS reports.

K-407 Novomoskovsk

This is the sixth nuclear submarine of the Delta-IV class to be modernized at Zvezdochka in course of the last eleven years. Earlier this year, the submarine “Karelia” was put back in service in the Northern Fleet after five years of modernization, as BarentsObserver reported.

“Novomoskovsk” was constructed at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvnisk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, and delivered to the fleet in 1990. In August 1991 it became the world's first submarine to successfully launch an all-missile salvo, launching 16 ballistic missiles of total weight of almost 700 tons at an interval of several seconds.

In 1996 the submarine conducted the first commercial space launch in the history of the Russian Navy when it launched a carrier rocket with two German scientific micro-satellites while submerged in the Barents Sea.

“Novomoskovsk” is 167 meters long and has a submerged displacement of 18,200 tons and a surface displacement of 11,700 tons. It is powered by two nuclear reactors with a total power of 180 MW. The submarine’s immersion depth is 400 m; its surface speed is 14 knots, and its underwater speed is 24 knots. It carries a crew of 135. Armaments include 16 ballistic missiles of the “Sineva” class and four 533-mm torpedo tubes with18 torpedoes, according to Wikipedia.