Putin’s ‘Prince Vladimir’ revealed: ‘World’s deadliest sub’ can launch 20 nuclear warheads and destroy cities 6,000 miles away
The Borei II-class sub was launched at the Sevmash Shipyards in Severodvinsk in front of hundreds of workers
The Knyaz Vladimir, or Prince Vladimir, can launch 20 warheads at a time
It can dive to depths of 400 metres making it virtually undetectable to radar
A total of eight of the Borei class subs will be built by 2025 according to Russian military sources
A new class of Russian submarines that could decimate a city almost 6,000 miles (9,300 km) away has been unveiled.
The Knyaz Vladimir, or Prince Vladimir, can launch up to 20 nuclear warheads and dive to radar dodging depths of 400 metres, making it virtually undetectable.
A total of eight of the Borei class subs will be built by 2025, according to reports in state media, including five of the upgraded mark two vessels like the Vladimir.
They will be capable of launching 96 to 200 warheads yielding 100-150 kilotons apiece, ten times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
The Borei II-class, or Borei-A, sub was launched during a float out ceremony at the Sevmash Shipyards in Severodvinsk in northern Russia.
Construction began on the vessel in July 2012 and it is expected to be delivered to the Russian Navy next year.
Once commissioned, it will be Russia’s most advanced ballistic missile submarine ever to conduct nuclear deterrence patrols.
In comparison to the Borei-class which has 16 missile tubes, Borei A submarines are fitted with four additional launchers, making a total of 20.
They also boast smaller hulls and cons, and feature improved acoustics and lower sound levels, as well as a number of other technical improvements.
Borei-class subs will be armed with Bulava RSM-56 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
Although the Ohio-class sub, its US counterpart, is more heavily armed with 24 ICBMs, they only have a range of 4,846 miles (7,800 km).
The subs are also unable to plunge to the same depths.
Speaking to Russian news agency Tass, Russian navy commander-in-chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said: ‘The development and the construction of the series of Project Borei-A strategic missile-carrying underwater cruisers is aimed at fulfilling the task of maintaining the armament and equipment of the groupings of strategic submarines in the Pacific and Northern Fleets at a high level.’
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