MOSKOVA (CIHAN)- A
The much anticipated delivery of the submarines, dubbed "black holes in the ocean" by the
Construction of the second submarine – the
The first boat in the batch, the Novorossiisk, will begin dock trials on
All six submarines will be deployed at the Novorossiisk naval base by 2016, according to the Russian navy.
The Varshavyanka-class (Project 636) is an improved version of the Kilo-class submarines and features advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.
The submarines are mainly intended for anti-shipping and anti-submarine missions in relatively shallow waters.
The vessels, crewed by 52 submariners, have an underwater speed of 20 knots and a cruising range of 400 miles (650 kilometers) with the ability to patrol for 45 days. They are armed with 18 torpedoes and eight surface-to-air missiles.
The Russian Black Sea Fleet has not received new submarines for decades and currently operates only one boat: the Kilo-class
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