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Russian Severodvinsk Sub Fires First Cruise Missile

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MOSCOW, November 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s newest attack submarine, the Project 855 Severodvinsk, successfully fired its first cruise missile at a land target during manufacturer’s sea trials in the White Sea, a source in the United Shipbuilding Corporation told RIA Novosti on Monday.

The Severodvinsk, laid down in 1993, is one of eight Yasen-class boats being built for the Russian Navy.

“The multi-role nuclear-powered submarine Severodvinsk fired a supersonic cruise missile at a land target for the first time during sea trials in the White Sea. The target was successfully destroyed,” the source said, without specifying what the weapon was.

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[/one_third]”This is of course a big achievement for the shipyard and United Shipbuilding as a whole. Manufacturers’ trials are drawing to a close and the boat will soon start state acceptance trials,” he said.

The Severodvinsk has a submerged displacement of 13,800 tons, length of 119 meters, speed of 31 knots, and can dive to 600 meters. It has a crew of 90 including 32 officers.

Its main armament consists of 3M55 Oniks (SS-N-26) and 3M54 (SS-N-27) Kalibr cruise missiles and conventional torpedos, rocket-torpedos and mines.

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