The sea part of the training of the crew of the first Project 636 submarine built for the Vietnamese Navy has begun in the village of Svetly near Kaliningrad, a source in the Russian shipbuilding industry told Interfax-AVN.
"The theoretical, coastal part was followed by the sea part of the training, which includes five 10-days sea voyages," the source said.
"Since the beginning of the factory trials, which included tests by the customer's representatives, the first export series submarine has successfully conducted 23 dives," he said.
In 2013, the shipbuilding enterprise Admiralteiskiye Verfi will provide to the Vietnamese Navy the first two diesel electric Project 6363 Varshanyanka submarines of the six submarines envisioned by the contract, a source in the Russian defense industry told Interfax earlier.
The contract for the supply of six diesel electric Project 6363 submarines was signed in 2009 during a visit to Moscow by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
Besides, submarine construction, the contract envisions the training of Vietnamese crews and the supply of the needed equipment and technical property.
Project 6363 diesel electric submarines are third-generation submarines. These submarines have a good modernization potential that makes it possible to integrate new weapons, including the anti-ship missile system Club, which considerably expands the target area.
A training center is created to train the crews of the Vietnamese submarines in Kamran with assistance from the ST. Petersburg OAO Concern NPO Avrora.
The enterprise developed and created five systems for these submarines, specifically, the computerized information system Lama and the submarine management system Palladiy.