Russia’s Admiralty Shipyards will begin work on Algeria’s two new Project 636 Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines this year and deliver them by 2018, according to the Interfax-AVN news agency, who reported a shipbuilding industry source as saying on 12 January.

Admiralty Shipyards director-general Alexandre Bouzakov confirmed in June 2014 that the company had a contract to build two submarines for a foreign customer that was identified by Russian media as Algeria.

The Algerian Navy already operates two Project 636 boats, which were delivered in 2010 and are based at Mers-el-Kébir in northwest Algeria along with two Project 877 submarines acquired in the 1980s. […]