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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Next-Generation Subs Will Be Smaller

Russia's next-generation nuclear submarines will be smaller than their huge Soviet-era predecessors, the navy chief said Monday.

Admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov said the new nuclear submarines will have a displacement of no more than 12,000 metric tons. "We won't build giant submarines any more," he said.

The first nuclear submarine of the new Borei type, called the Yury Dolgoruky, is set to be commissioned in 2006, with others to follow. Its Soviet-built predecessor, the Typhoon-type submarine, remains the world's largest with a displacement of about 25,000 metric tons.

Kuroyedov said the navy must have 12 to 15 nuclear submarines armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and 50 general-purpose attack submarines.

Kuroyedov spoke as he attended large-scale maneuvers of the Pacific Fleet. He said the navy had spotted two U.S. submarines shadowing the exercise.

"They haven't entered Russia's territorial waters, so we didn't have to expel them," he said.