Russia's New Submarine to Combine Qualities of Multi-Purpose and Strategic Subs
(Source: TASS Defense; published April 04, 2016)
MOSCOW --- The fifth-generation Husky-class nuclear-powered submarine will be maximally standardized to combine the qualities of multi-purpose and strategic nuclear submarines, Alexei Rakhmanov, President of the United Ship-building Corporation, said on Monday.

"The fifth-generation submarine project is being actively discussed. Various preliminary requirements specifications are being elaborated. It will be absolutely different from the point of view of physical fields. It will be a commonality-based submarine combining key elements of strategic and multi-purpose submarines," he said.

The new submarine, according to Rakhamov, "will be distinguished by its weapons," but the United Ship-building Corporations is tasked to achieve a maximum unitized solution to "have the best price offer for the defense ministry."

According to earlier reports, the preliminary design of the fifth-generation Husky-class nuclear-powered submarine will be worked out within two years. The fifth-generation multipurpose nuclear-powered submarine is being developed by the Malakhit Design Bureau in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia.

A series of fourth-generation Project 885 Yasen-class submarines armed with missiles and torpedoes is currently under construction in Russia.

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A Fifth-Generation Russian Nuclear Submarine?
(Source: Forecast International; posted April 4, 2016)
MOSCOW --- The next class of Russian nuclear-powered submarines will combine the qualities of multi-purpose and strategic nuclear submarines, Alexei Rakhmanov, President of the United Ship-building Corporation. The preliminary design of the fifth-generation will be completed within two years by the Malakhit Design Bureau in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia. A series of fourth-generation Project 885 Yasen-class submarines armed with missiles and torpedoes is currently under construction in Russia.

Combining the roles of strategic (SSBN) and attack (SSN) submarines has been discussed before by all of the major nuclear submarine building countries. It was an option briefly considered in the British SSBN(R) Successor program and the equivalent American SSBN(X) project but was discarded when the implied operational limitations were evaluated.

In the final analysis, the characteristics required to perform one role were found to severely compromise performance in the other - to the point where a submarine designed to undertake both roles could perform neither.

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