Submarine Severodvinsk conducts winged missile test launch

The multi-purpose nuclear submarine Severodvinsk (Project 885 Yasen) has conducted a test launch of a winged missile at a ground target in the White Sea, a source in the Defense Ministry told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

"The Severodvinsk conducted the first test launch of a supersonic winged missile at a ground target from an underwater position in the White Sea," the source said.

The launch was successful and the target was hit, the source said.

A source in the United Shipbuilding Corporation has confirmed this information to Interfax. "The Yasen tests are going according to plan, which has been confirmed by the successful winged missile launch," the source said.

The multi-purpose nuclear submarine Severodvinsk (Project 885 Yasen) was set afloat on June 15, 2010. Its sea trials began in September 2011.

The second vessel, Kazan, is now being built according to improved Project 885M Yasen-M. At least eight units are to be commissioned by 2020.

The submarine's underwater speed is to be at least 30 knots and its maximal depth of immersion is 600 meters. Its autonomous cruising capacity is 100 days and it has a crew of 90 persons (including 32 officers). The value of the Severodvinsk is some 47 billion rubles.

The noise level of the Yasen is expected to be comparable to that of the U.S. Virginia class submarines.

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