Russia to Complete Kilo-Class Subs Series for Pacific Fleet by 2025

Rubric: Russia, Industry, Future

Six Project 636.3 (known in NATO as Improved Kilo class) diesel submarines will join Pacific Fleet by 2025, the Russian Navy’s deputy commander for armament Vice Admiral Igor Mukhametshin announced at the launching ceremony of the first sub, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on March 28.

Director of Admiralteyskie Verfi shipyard, Alexander Buzakov, explained that commissioning of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky was expected in 2020, trials of the two subs were to start in 2021, other two in 2022.

Launching of SSG Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

In 2025, all six submarines are to be stationed at Pacific Fleet, added Igor Mukhametshin. By that time, all necessary infrastructure facilities will be prepared there.

As a reminder, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Volkhov, first two of six Improved Kilo class submarines for Pacific Fleet were keel-laid on July 28, 2017. It was initially planned that Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky would be commissioned on November 25, 2019, and Volkhov in another year.

Project 636.3 diesel electric submarines were developed by Rubin Design Bureau for antisurface/antisubmarine warfare, defense of naval bases and sea/littoral lanes. Length of the sub is 73 meters, beam is 10 meters, limit depth is 350 meters, submerged speed is 20 knots, endurance is 45 days, crew is 52. Such submarines are armed with six 533-mm torpedo tubes, mines and Caliber high-precision cruise missiles.

The contract for six Project 636.3 diesel subs for Pacific Fleet was signed in September 2016 during the Army-2016 International Military & Technical Forum.

Dmitry Zhavoronkov

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