Moscow [Russian Federation], Oct.31 : The Russian Navy is expected to float out the first advanced variant of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Project 955A Borei II-class (North Wind), or the Dolgorukiy-class, in November.
Talking to local media here, Russia Naval Chief, Admiral Vladimir Korolev, was quoted by The Diplomat, as saying, "In the near future, the Severodvinsk-based Sevmash Shipyard will float out a new nuclear powered missile underwater cruiser, the Knyaz Vladimir, from the slipway. The event will take place in November."

Described as the most powerful SSBN to date manufactured by Russia, the Knyaz Vladimir (Prince Vladimir), will be the lead boat of the improved Borei II-class (also designated Borei-A), The Diplomat said in its report.

The Knyaz Vladimir is expected to be delivered to the Russian Navy in 2018. (ANI with inputs)

(Posted on 31 October 2017, 1685482508 18O232O31O255)