Algeria has signed a contract covering the delivery of two Project 636 Varshavyanka (‘Kilo’)-class diesel-electric submarines that will be built at Admiralty Shipyards in St Petersburg, Russia.

“The date of the start of construction of two submarines to the foreign customer has been fixed, the contract is under way,” Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Admiralty Shipyards director-general Alexandre Bouzakov as saying on 26 June.

Bouzakov did not provide any further details, but ITAR-TASS cited a Russian defence industry source as saying that the first submarine would be delivered in 2018. […]