MOSCOW --- The first nuclear missile-torpedo submarine Kazan of the upgraded project 885M (code Yasen-M) will be handed over to the Russian Navy not in 2017 as was initially reported, but in 2018, the press service of Sevmash Shipyard, which builds the submarine, told TASS.
"The construction of Kazan and Prince Vladimir submarines is going according to schedule. They will be passed into Navy service in 2018," it said.
A military-defense source told TASS last autumn the transfer of Kazan would be delayed. Then Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Viktor Chirkov and President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexey Rakhmanov however said the military will get the submarine on time.
Kazan had its keel laid at Sevmash in 2009. It is the second vessel of project 885 and the first one built by upgraded project 885M.