The second electric diesel submarine from the 677 projects (Lada class), The Kronshtadt, was launched at a special ceremony at the Shipyard Admiralty on Thursday 19-9-2018, at St. Petersburg, said TASS correspondent, Thursday, 20-20-2018.
"This event is very important. The submarine began construction in 2005. There were several pauses in construction work and in financing, but the launch day finally arrived. Delays in construction work make it possible to use the experience gained in building and operating The St. submarine. Petersburg with all the submarine parameters exceeded its predecessor - the 636 projects. We believe that the future of the Russian Navy's non-nuclear submarine strength must be embedded in the 677 projects. There will be a large series after this, "said Alexander Buzakov.
The 677 Lada class submarine project is the fourth generation of diesel-electric submarines. At the surface position, the weight is around 1,750 tons. The maximum speed underwater is 21 knots. Lada Class has 35 crew and carries missiles cruising Kalibr.
St. Petersburg was the main vessel of the 677 projects. The grounding ceremony took place in 1997. The ship was handed over to the Russian Navy in 1997 for experimental operations, which will expire in 2019.
The Kronshtadt began construction in 2005. At some point, the project was stopped to continue in 2013. Currently, the Admiralty Shipyard is building another Lada class submarine - The Velikiye Luki.