Russia’s new Yasen-M nuclear-powered submarine capabilities have been closely guarded by their government but it has seemingly stunned the military world. Russia’s new ships are expected to be able to carry all existing Russian cruise missiles, and potentially more. The ship is also expected to join the Russian navy in 2020.
The launch ceremony was held at the Sevmash shipyard in Russia’s northwestern city of Severodvinsk on Wednesday.
This comes after the shipyard marked its 80th anniversary.
Deputy Director-General of Sevmash Sergey Voronka said that the submarine ceremony was the best way to mark the occasion.
Although the new vessel remains top secret the launch ceremony was released to the general public.
Only the stern of the submarine and its propeller are shown in detail in the video footage.
The new submarine has been called the Novosibirsk is the first mass-produced submarine of its type and is expected to join the navy next year.
The maiden Yasen-M submarine, the Kazan is currently undergoing naval trials and will also be joining the navy in 2020.
Four more types of the submarine type are under construction with an expected two more to be developed later in 2020.
The details of the new ships have remained scarce but it is believed that they are significantly more advanced than their predecessors.
The new vessels are capable of using every type of Russian naval-based cruise missile, most notably the multi-purpose Kalibr and anti-ship Oniks.
In addition to this, the subs are expected to be able to carry massive 533-mm homing torpedoes.
These speculations have not yet officially been confirmed by the Russian government but Moscow has been clear that it remains keen on fitting new munitions on more of its ships.
The National Interest called the new vessel a Russian “Christmas gift for the US Navy” and branded it Moscow’s “deadliest submarine ever”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has also recently goaded NATO by bragging that Russia is the only country in the world with deadly hypersonic weapons, which could be equipped with nuclear payloads.
Speaking at a meeting with top military officials, Mr Putin said that for the first time in history, Russia has an edge in designing a new class of weapons, unlike in the past when it was catching up with the US.
He said the first unit equipped with the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle was set to go on duty this month.