By TASS Russian news agency
“On July 1, the Novosibirsk submarine went to the White Sea for shipbuilders sea trials for the first time,” the source said.
The press office of the Sevmash Shipyard refused to comment on the information provided by the source.
Earlier, Head of the Sevmash Shipyard Mikhail Budnichenko told TASS that after the shipbuilders sea trials the submarine would begin state tests. It is planned to be delivered to the Navy at the end of 2021.
Naval News comments
Sevmash is building four SSGN of project 885M — the Krasnoyarsk, the Arkhangelsk, the Perm and the Ulyanovsk. In 2019, a contract for another two submarines was signed. They are to be laid on May 9, 2020.
Sevmash Shipyard launched the Novosibirsk K-573 first serial SSGN of Yasen-M-class project 885M on December 25, 2019.
Fourth-generation SSGN of project 885 and 885M have a displacement of 13800 tons. They can submerge to 600 meters and develop underwater speed of 30 knots. The light hull covers only a part of the solid hull in the bow to decrease the signature. For the first time the torpedo launchers are located behind the central compartment instead of the bow. The submarines are armed with Onix and Kalibr missiles, as well as torpedoes.