Big News Network (IANS)
Tuesday 12th March, 2013
The Russian Navy will receive 54 new warships by 2020, Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said here.
“As a result of the governmental rearmament programme, by 2020 the navy will receive eight strategic submarines, 16 multi-purpose submarines, and 54 surface ships of various classes,” media quoted Shoigu as saying at a meeting of the defence ministry.
The minister stressed that constant upgrading of the fleet was an important part of the navy’s overall development, reported Xinhua.
By 2020, Russia plans to build eight Borei-class submarines to form the core of its nuclear deterrence strategy.
The first Borei-class submarine, Yury Dolgoruky, was put into active service in January. A second one, Alexander Nevsky, has been undergoing sea tests. The construction of a third one, Alexander Suvorov, is to start in July.
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