Russia announced that its Borey-A class nuclear powered strategic missile submarines will be outfitted and armed with 16 Bulava ballistic missiles . . . the announcement is a downgrade of previous pronouncements that the Borey-A class would be outfitted with 20 Bulava missiles . . . the submarine reportedly will still have significant upgrades including modernized sonar, navigation and communications systems . . . the Borey-A class submarines also will have a significant stealth capability, as resources have been allocated to ensure it maintains a low electromagnetic signature . . . the Borey-A class submarines will replace Russia’s Typhoon class and Delta-3 and Delta-4 submarines . . . they are expected to become the backbone of the Russian Navy’s strategic nuclear deterrence fleet . . . the announcement by Russia that its new submarine will carry fewer Bulava missiles may indicate that it is experiencing technical hurdles with the Borey-A class . . . however this could very well be a disinformation effort to muddy the waters regarding the submarines capabilities . . . given there is no open source reports confirming or countering Russian claims, LIGNET does not take such reports from Russian officials at face value.
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