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Diving Deep: Inside Russia’s Next-Gen Nuclear Submarines


Russia is developing two new types of nuclear submarines to replace its Project 949A Oscar-class and Project 945 Sierra-class vessels.

The new vessels are the next generation of Russia’s Project 955 Borei-class ballistic missile submarine and Project 855M Yasen-class guided-missile submarines, which are late-Soviet-era designs, reported international affairs magazine the National Interest.

The Sierra-class replacement is being designed as an “interceptor” that would protect the Russian nuclear ballistic missile submarine fleet, while the Oscar-class replacement would be a guided-missile submarine that would hunt US carrier strike groups like their predecessors.

Anatoly Shlemov, a senior executive with United Shipbuilding Corporation, in an interview with the Russian news outlet earlier this year, said:

“As part of the ongoing work on the design of fifth-generation of nuclear submarines, two models of the submarine will be created. The main purpose of the first: to ensure the sustainability of strategic missile submarine cruiser combat groups, and fighting enemy submarines. The second boat will


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