On November 17, 2017 Sevmash launched the first submarine of the Project 955A Borey-A class, Knyaz Vladimir. Construction of the submarine was officially inaugurated in July 2012, although the work appears to have started as early as 2010.

According to the commander-in-chief of the navy, Knyaz Vladimir is expected to enter service in 2018. It will be the fourth submarine of the Project 955 line. The previous one - Vladimir Monomakh - joined the fleet in December 2014. There are some apparent differences between Project 955 and Project 955A (reviewed here), but like Borey, Borey-A submarines will carry 16 Bulava SLBMs, as expected.