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No Plans To Equip Russian Lada-Class Submarines With AIP-Constructor

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Russia’s two new Lada-class (Project 677) conventional submarines will not be equipped with Air Independent Propulsion (AIP), Аlexander Buzakov, the head of the Admiralty Shipyard, which constructs the submarines under a contract with the Defense Ministry, has said in an interview with Russian Sputnik.

An AIP increases a submarine’s stealthiness, removing the need to break surface for charging batteries. The Russian Navy has repeatedly announced possible equipment of the Lada-class submarines with AIP, but this has not happened yet.

The Admiralty Shipyard and the Russian Defense Ministry signed the contract for construction of two fourth-generation Lada-class submarines in June.

The Russian Navy currently has one Project 677 conventional submarine.

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