Says the head of the state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation's military production branch
This article originally appeared in The Moscow Times
Russia will design two new classes of nuclear-powered submarines as part of President Vladimir Putin's 20 trillion ruble ($356 billion) rearmament campaign through 2020.
Though the designs have not yet been named, one will be classified as an "underwater interceptor" and the other an "aircraft carrier killer," the head of the state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation's state defense order department, Anatoly Shlemov, told news website Lenta.ru late last week.
"The main purpose of the [underwater interceptor] is to protect groups of [ballistic] missile carrying submarines, and to battle with enemy submarines," Shlemov said.
"The second ship will be a cruise missile carrier [used] for defeating coastal and surface targets," he said, referring to the "aircraft killer" variant.
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