As in 2021, the Russian Navy will receive 3 new nuclear submarines in 2022

For more than two decades, the Russian Navy was the poor relation of the country's armed forces, not even being able to finance the maintenance in operational condition of its fleet inherited from the Soviet Union.

From 2012, however, the political orientations changed with the return of Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin and the arrival of Sergei Shoigu at the Ministry of Defense, and a vast plan for financing and modernizing resources, but also Russian naval infrastructure, was implemented.

This plan is bearing fruit today, since despite a faltering economy and a nominal GDP barely higher than that of Spain, the Russian Navy will be the one which, in 2022, like 2021, will have received the largest number of new nuclear-powered submarines, in this case, three units each year.

The Russian Navy regains budgetary graces from the Kremlin in 2012

In 2021, the K-552 Prince Oleg nuclear missile submarine, of the Borei-A class, entered service concurrently with the nuclear missile submarine K-573 Novosibirsk, class Iassen-M on December 12.

A few months earlier, on May 7, 2021, this was the K-561 Kazan, first unit of the Iassen-M class, which was delivered to the active service of the Russian Navy. In 2022, 3 new submarines will also enter service, the Generalissimo Suvorov of the Boreï-A class, the K-571 Krasnoyarsk of the Yassen-M class, and the long-awaited K-329 Belgorod, a monster of 30.000 tons submerged derived from project 949A Anteï, and modified to receive Poseidon nuclear-powered ocean torpedoes.

The Russian Navy will have 16 nuclear missile submarines Yassen-M, Yassen and Antei in 2031
The Iassen-class submarines offer very high performance, posing a new level of challenge to NATO's submarine and anti-submarine forces.

This rapid pace will remain sustained throughout the decade to come, with 2 submarines in 2023, the Borei-A class Emperor Alexander III SSBN and the Yassen-M Arkhangelsk, 3 ships in 2024 (Boreï-A, Yassen-M and Belgorod ), 2 ships in 2025 (Yassen-M and Belgorod), then one Yassen-M in 2027, one Boreï-A and one Yassen-M in 2028, and finally one Boreï-A per year in 2029, 2030 and 2031.

Note that it is likely that from 2027 or 2028 the deliveries of future Laïka class submarines, intended to replace the oldest Akula-class nuclear attack submarines.

12 class Boreï-A, and 16 class Iassen, Iassen-M and class Anteï in 2031

In total, therefore, in 2031, the Russian naval forces will have 12 Boreï and Borei-A type SSBNs, 3 Belgorod-class special submarines, 16 Anteï, Iassen and Iassen-M class nuclear missile submarines, and 10 SSN Shchuka-B (Akula) or Laïka, i.e. 41 nuclear submarines, as well as 24 conventionally powered Improved Kilo and Lada submarines, an otherwise modern fleet made up of 70% of ships under 15 years old .


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