Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Pacific Fleet may receive four Project 949AM underwater nuclear ships with cruise missiles by 2021

According to the RF Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov, who is on a working trip to the Primorye Territory, the Pacific Fleet may receive four modernised Project 944-AM nuclear-powered submarines with cruise missiles by 2021.

Project 949A submarines have an impressive range of weapons: six 650-mm and 53- mm torpedo tubes, as well as 24 launchers of P-700 ‘Granit’ anti-ship missiles.

Project 949A submarines can be re-armed with the Kalibr and Onyx missile systems.

In total, 11 such submarines have been built, now there are eight of them in the Russian Navy’s strength. The displacement of each submarine reaches 24,000 tons.

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Project 944-AM nuclear-powered submarines

"The upgraded Project 949A submarines will be designated as Project 949AM (M stands for upgraded, Modernizirovannaya). The number of cruise missiles is planned to be increased from 24 to 72 and 3M45 Granit (SS-N-19 Shipwreck) cruise anti-ship missiles (ASM) are to be replaced by a mix of 3M55 Onyx (SS-N-26 Strobile) ASM and 3M54 Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) ASM/land-attack missiles. The upgrade of Project 949A SSGNs does not require drastic design changes to the submarines` hulls. Russian defense industry is developing new standard launching tube suitable for both 3M55 and 3M54 missiles. The Project 949AM SSGNs will also receive new fire control system (FCS), navigation and communication suites, sonar, radar and electronic warfare (EW) equipment, as well as updated Omnibus-M combat information system and Simfoniya navigation suite," the source said. He did not mention the total cost of the program. According to open sources, the cost of one boat`s upgrade is estimated at RUB12 billion (about USD180 million). Most of Project 949A submarines are planned to be turned into Project 949AM boats by 2020.

At present, Russian Navy has deployed eight Project 949A SSGNs.  Source:

Project 949A submarine launching tube layout

Current Project 949 fleet

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