Thursday, 28 August 2014

New Russian strategic subs use only domestically-made equipment

New Russian strategic nuclear submarines will not use any foreign-made equipment, official of Russia's Sevmash shipyard said Wednesday.
"During construction of nuclear submarine Prince Vladimir (Borei-class) and all other ships, the shipyard does not depend on import," the Sevmash chief Mikhail Budnichenko was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying.
He added the enterprise has also stopped using spare parts produced in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, and successfully switched to production using spare parts and equipment made by itself or other Russian enterprises.
Located in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region, Sevmash is the largest ship-building enterprise and the only nuclear submarine producer in Russia.
Russia plans to put on service eight Borei-class submarines by 2020. Each submarine is capable to carry up to 16 Bulava inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in April that Russia needs to end direct purchase of industrial machinery by producing them and creating related software on its own.
Rogozin also said in July that components for Russian weapons and military equipment imported from Ukraine will be replaced with domestically manufactured products in about three years.

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