Russia launches deadliest nuclear submarine in its history

The Russian navy has launched the massive Knyaz Vladimir, a new submarine capable of launching 16 nuclear-tipped ICBMs from as far away as 5,800 miles.

The sub is said to rival the U.S. Navy’s Ohio-class boomers. Though those boats can carry 24 nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, they only have a range of about 4,800 miles and cannot submerge to the same radar-evading depths as the new Russian boomer.

The nuclear-powered Borei-A-class sub has the ability to dive to about 400 meters, making it hard to detect by sonar. Moscow is planning to build eight of the subs by 2025.

Russian defense ministry officials have said in recent weeks that modernizing the armed forces is a priority and that if Russia wants to “win” future conflicts, army and navy systems “have to be better” than those of the enemy. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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