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From MARCO POLO through Harry at Sharkhunters that newest Russian ballistic missile submarine of the Borei class now apparently operational:
"The new Borei-class SSBN 'Vladimir Monomach' completed her first voyage, on Dec. 29, from Severodvinsk, where she had been built, to the Northern Fleet's main submarine base of Gadzhyevo in the Murmansk Region."
"in building 'Monomach', they made use of the hull of the older submarine, which had been broken up as scrap. That submarine is 'Ak Bars (K-480)' -- one of the Akula-1 boats -- which was commissioned on Dec. 31 1988, and was retired in 1998. She was sent to the scrap yard in February 2010. By the way, "
NOT NECESSARILY AS A NEW BOAT AS THE TERM NEW GENERALLY, COMMONLY, ORDINARILY UNDERSTOOD!
An Akula-1 boat lengthened and room for a battery of on-board missiles created!
"It is quite a feat to build a new submarine out of a scrapped old boat. Let us compare those two submarines more closely."
That comparison between the old [Akula-1] and the new [Borei] being 50 % greater displacement, more than 50 % longer, the beam [width] being almost the same. Borei as might be expected significantly larger.
"Not so long ago, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russians had no money to properly dispose of the nearly one hundred nuclear submarines built during the Soviet days. They were chopping the boats into pieces, and were just dumping them into the ocean."
Borei class ballistic missile submarine intended to fire the Bulava missile? So as it is understood.
BOATS CHOPPED INTO PIECES AND DUMPED INTO THE OCEAN BUT HOPEFULLY SO MINUS THE NUCLEAR REACTOR!