Russia has built the world’s deadliest submarine. Kremlin recently claimed that the most advanced ballistic missile submarine could easily hit targets 5,778 miles away with nuclear warheads. Defence experts are of the opinion that Borei II-class (‘North Wind’) submarine – named ‘Knyaz Vladimir’ or ‘Prince Vladimir’ – is the world’s most powerful and dangerous.

The Navy said in a statement that Russia planned to build eight such submarines by the end of 2025. Prince Vladimir, which can carry up to 20 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), is capable of launching them together. The underwater cruiser has been designed in such a way so that radars cannot detect them. The ‘monster’ also has the ability to dive to about 400m, making it extremely difficult to detect by sonar.

The construction work of this submarine started at the Sevmash Shipyards in Severodvinsk in northern Russia in 2012 and it would be handed over to the Russian Navy next year. This is the most advanced ballistic missile submarine ever made by Russia. The Borei II-class (also designated Borei-A) submarine is fitted with four additional missile tubes, boast smaller hulls and cons, and feature improved acoustics and lower sound levels, next to a number of other technical improvements.

Speaking at the float out ceremony at the Sevmash Shipyards on November 17, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said: “The development and the construction of the series of Project Borei-A strategic missile-carrying underwater cruisers and the eventual development of Project Borei-B submarines with the subsequent construction of fifth-generation nuclear-powered subs are prompted by the provisions of Russia’s naval doctrine and aimed at fulfilling the task of maintaining the armament and equipment of the groupings of strategic submarines in the Pacific and Northern Fleets at a high level.”

Koushik Das, based in the Indian capital of New Delhi, is a senior news editor with more than 15 years of experience. He also runs a blog - Boundless Ocean of Politics. E-Mail: [email protected]