Nuclear-powered Ballistic Missile Submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, which is the third ship in Russia's Borei project has begun its sea trials, as it bids to become fully operational by mid-2013.
This submarine forms part of the Borei family of ships, which Russia Navy will operate as the strategic component of its nuclear naval forces over the next few decades. The first of the Borei class is the Yury Dolgoruky, which was commissioned in Russian Navy on 10th Jan, 2013.
Borei Class SSBN - Vladimir Monomakh at sea-trials ( Image Courtesy - dailymail.co.uk )
Another missile cruiser in the Borei family, the Aleksandr Nevsky, is also undergoing tests, Sevmash shipyard has said. Meanwhile, the Knyaz Vladimir, the fourth and even more advanced submarine, is currently under construction.
The Russians plan to have around ten Borei submarines over the next eight years, according to the state armaments program of 2011-2020.
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