Russia’s Second Poseidon Underwater Drone-Carrying Submarine to Be Launched in 2020

The Russian Navy’s Job 09851 exclusive objective submarine is predicted to be introduced in the spring of 2020.

The second Poseidon-carrying sub, the Undertaking 09851 nuclear-powered distinctive intent submarine Khabarovsk, will be launched in the spring of 2020, according to Russian media experiences.

It will be the Russian Navy’s 2nd submarine capable of carrying the the nuclear-capable underwater drone “Poseidon,” alternatively referred to as an unmanned underwater auto (UUV), autonomous underwater car or truck (AUV), or only an intercontinental-assortment, nuclear autonomous torpedo.

In accordance to a Russian defense market resource quoted by TASS information agency, the new submarine is expected to be handed around to the Navy in 2022 and will be ready to carry up to six Poseidon UUVs, also recognised less than Ocean Multipurpose Program Standing-6 or “Kanyon” by the U.S. intelligence community.

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It is even now uncertain no matter if the Poseidon UUV will be only deployed as a nuclear-warhead supply system or could be made use of for other reasons like intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. In total, the Russian Navy is slated to acquire in excess of 30 Poseidons with the initially batch ready for operational deployment in the late 2020s.

The Khabarovsk is purportedly a downsized variant of the Borei-class of nuclear-driven ballistic missile submarines (SSBN). The Russian Navy at present deploys three Borei-course boomers. The Yuri Dolgoruky is in provider with Russia’s Northern Fleet, while two other Borei-course SSBNs – Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh — are deployed with the Russian Pacific Fleet.

Subsequent to the Khabarovsk, the Poseidon will also be carried by the Challenge 09852 Special Mission Submarine KC-139 Belgorod, which was introduced at the Sevmash Shipyard, positioned in Severodvinsk in northern Russia, on April 23. The submarine is dependent on the 949A Oscar II-course nuclear-driven guided missile submarine (SSGN) structure.

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The submarine was laid down at the Sevmash Shipyard in July 1992 but its development was suspended in 1997. Function on the unfinished 949A Oscar II-class SSGN started all over again in 2012 pursuing a redesign of the sub undertaken by the Rubin Central Design Bureau in St. Petersburg as a unique function submarine. With a reported lengths of 184 meters, the Belgorod is established to turn into the Russian Navy’s largest submarine by its duration. (The sub has a reported displacement of close to 15,000 tonnes when surfaced.)

The boat will be operated by the Main Directorate Deep Sea Exploration (GUGI) business and will likely be deployed underneath the Arctic for covert exclusive missions, which purportedly will include the set up of a Russian underwater sonar community.

In addition to the Khabarovsk and Belgorod, two more 949A Oscar II-course SSGNs are anticipated to be retrofitted to carry the Poseidon UUVs by the mid 2020s. Two of the subs are reportedly slated for assistance with the Northern Fleet, even though the remaining two will be deployed by the Russian Pacific Fleet, according to a Russian protection field resource.

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