Donald Trump has belittled the actions of Obama regarding Russia
The subs, which are the largest available to Russia, are primarily designed to attack US Navy formations and coastal targets in the event of a conflict.
The announcement follows Donald Trump attack on Barack Obama for his “weakness” in the face of Russian aggression.
Images demonstrate Russia preparing for a Cold War Wed, February 22, 2017
Russian forces take part in Cold War training in Arctic Siberia. Military tests in shocking minus 30C to check performance of equipment and personnel in toughest of conditions.
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Trump tweeted: "For eight years Russia 'ran over' President Obama, got stronger and stronger, picked-off Crimea and added missiles. Weak!"
The Project 949A submarine is armed with 24 Granit cruise missile launchers and six torpedo tubes. They will be re-fitted with Kalibr or as NATO calls them “Sizzler” anti-aircraft cruise missiles.
Radically modernising the Project 949A nuclear submarines to carry Kalibr (Sizzler) cruise missiles
Yuri Borisov, the Deputy Defence Minister
Yuri Borisov, the Deputy Defence Minister, said: “The Zvezda Shipyard is radically modernising the Project 949A nuclear submarines to carry Kalibr (Sizzler) cruise missiles and installing new systems of navigation and life-support.”
The “Sizzler” is a supersonic cruise missile available in land-attack, anti-ship, and anti-submarine variants. It is specifically designed to evade active air defences and electronic countermeasures.
Russia has pumped millions into its armed forces
“Sizzler” missiles have been referred to as a “game-changer” and can travel 150 meters above the ground, hit sea targets up to 350 kilometres away and ground targets more than 2,500 kilometres away.
The submarines are currently being retrofitted to extend their service life by 15 to 20 years.
The new missiles have a longer range
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Washington has recently angered China and Russia by setting up a missile defence system, known as THAAD, in South Korea.
It is designed to shoot down short and medium-range ballistic missiles and the system could be operational by early next month.
US Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood said the US had an “iron-clad commitment to defend its allies”.
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