Russia launches world’s largest submarine en route to Baltic Sea

Kazan submarine reported to sail through White Sea, ending in Baltic Sea ahead of naval parade in St. Petersburg in July

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Russia has launched its most advanced submarine to date, a nuclear powered submarine called Kazan.

The Yasen-class submarine was unveiled during a naval ceremony in late March and launched from Severodvinsk in northern Russia. The submarine’s course will reportedly pass through the White Sea and Baltic Sea and it will take part in a Russian naval parade in St. Petersburg in July of this year.

The submarine will reportedly undergo sea trials before its inauguration to the Russian navy, predicted for 2018.

The Kazan submarine, also known as “Dmitry Donskoy”, is the world’s largest submarine and can carry a crew of up to 90 and can be at sea for 100 days at a time. The submarine can reach speeds of up to 31 knots.

The vessel is capable of carrying up to eight Kaibr cruise missiles or eight Onix anti-ship cruise missiles, a capability of close to 1,000 pounds in ballistic or nuclear warheads that can reach distances as far as 410 miles at sea.

Commander and Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Vladimir Korolev, described the submarine in March as “The Yasen-M class nuclear-powered submarine cruisers are some of the most advanced battleships that amassed all cutting-edge submarine shipbuilding technologies,” stating that Russia is “creating a group of nuclear-powered submarines that will carry out missions in all regions of the global ocean and ensure Russia’s security.”

The submarine is part of Russia’s decade military initiative to modernize and improve its military capabilities by 2020. A reported $650 billion has been invested in the initiative.

Russia is currently building four additional submarines, the Arkhangelsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk and Perm- all four to be operational by 2023.

Russia announced on Tuesday that it will begin producing its 3M22 Zircon hypersonic missile mid-year. The missile is capable of traveling 4,600 miles per hours and has been described as “unstoppable”. Russia will reportedly begin testing the missile in the spring from sea-based platforms.