Vladimir Monomakh will be the third and last Project 955 boat that is armed with 16 Bulava ballistic missiles. The fourth and subsequent boats will be Project 955A vessels with 20 missiles.
As BarentsObserver reported, the first submarine of the class, “Yury Dolgoruky”, was taken into service on January 10 after twelve years of construction. The second vessel of the class, “Aleksandr Nevsky” is currently undertaking sea trials and is due to enter service later this year. The fourth sub, “Knyaz Vladimir”, is under construction.
Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk reports that sea trials of “Vladimir Monomakh” will start this summer.
As previously reported by BarentsObserver, the inclusion of the “Yuri Dolgorukii” in the Northern Fleet marks a shift in Russia’s nuclear forces. The number of nuclear warheads based on submarines will no longer go down, it starts to rise again.