The second of Yasen-class (Project 885) nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarines, Kazan has been launched at the Sevmash shipyards today. Having been under construction since 2009, the submarine is also the first upgraded submarine of Project 885M. Kazan is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy’s Northern Fleet in 2018.
Yasen-class submarines were designed by Malakhit Central Design Bureau. These are the first Russian Nuclear-powered Guided Missile Submarines equipped with a fourth generation nuclear reactor, which has a 25-30 year core life and will not have to be refueled.