In-Brief: Russia: Borey-A Class Submarines to be Equipped with Fewer Missiles

The Borey- A Class (Борей), a class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine produced by Russia intended to replace the Delta III, Delta IV and Typhoon. The class is named after Boreas, the North wind.

The Borey- A Class (Борей), a class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine produced by Russia intended to replace the Delta III, Delta IV and Typhoon. The class is named after Boreas, the North wind.

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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