Russia, Tuesday (15 / 6), launching a nuclear-powered attack submarines that require 17 years to make it due to lack of funds after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Severodvinsk President Dmitry Medvedev said it would “increase our military strength and potential of our navy, and to strengthen Russia’s position in the world’s oceans.” “Russia must modernize the navy simply, we must build ships very modern,” Medvedev said at a ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard on the White Sea port which gives the name of the ship.
Some observers declared the launch of Severodvinsk, the first in a new class of submarines, is just one step in that direction, but warned that the ship has not been completed at all and still face trial. “By placing it in the water does not indicate that the submarine is ready,” said Konstantin Makiyenko, deputy director at the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies is headquartered in Moscow.
Some officials at the Sevmash said the submarine was 80 percent complete and that the trial will begin this summer, according to Itar-Tass news agency.
State-owned news agency RIA add to the size of Severodvinsk 119 meters (393 feet) it is Yasen-class submarines / Graney first, and designed to carry nuclear-powered cruise missile distance and other weaponry.
RIA and Itar Tass reported that the Severodvinsk is expected to begin serving in 2011, and declared Makiyenko not very optimistic. According to him, the submarine was still requires three to five years.
He also said it was unclear whether Russia will have the funds to produce a few more submarines of the same class, if Severodvinsk successful. According to RIA, Russia plans to create at least six class submarines. Work was started last year in the making of the second submarine in the series, which was named after Kazan.
Making Severodvinsk started in 1993, but said making it Seara Makiyenko effectively been frozen for about a decade due to lack of funds. Russian armed forces suffer from a shortage of money for more than a decade after the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991. Funds have been added, but still it was a problem financing.
This month, military officials submitted preliminary plans to spend 13 trillion rubles (446.6 billion dollars) in a 10-year weapons program that will cause some parts of the military with outdated weaponry. Medvedev in February and then asserted that it is very important for Russia to create new weapons of high quality instead of patching-patching weapons are already old