Posts Tagged ‘submarine’

Kazan, Russia’s most dangerous nuclear attack submarine – an annotated infographic

April 19, 2017

Russia has floated its newest nuclear-powered multi-purpose attack submarine. The launch of Kazan, considered a counterpart to U.S. Seawolf and Virginia-class, comes as Moscow claims its submarine fleet has increased combat patrols to levels last seen during the Cold War.

The Kazan is the first upgraded Project 885M Yasen-class attack submarine.

Equipped with eight vertical missile launchers, it can deliver Kalibr or Oniks anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles – significant after Russian ships and submarines fired long-range missiles from the Caspian and the Black Sea into Syria in 2016.

For the first time in Russian shipbuilding, the torpedo tubes are located not in the bow but just forward of the sail or fin, making room for a large Irtysh-Amfora spherical sonar system in the bow.

The Yasen subs also have six 650mm and two 533mm torpedo tubes that can also deploy mines and launch underwater drones.

Russia plans to build a total of seven Project 885M submarines. Goody, goody gumdrops.


Russia’s new generation of nuclear weapons and armed submarines – an annotated graphic

May 2, 2013

For those who hanker for the heady days of the Cold War and the tension of the 1980s nuclear arms race – ah, whither Ronnie and Maggie now, eh? – we bring you this infographic detailing Russia’s latest nuclear weaponry.

The first of a new fleet of eight Russian ballistic missile submarines entered service recently, with each sub boasting (yes, actually boasting) 16 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles – ICBMs to their friends – which we assume means they can be launched from one continent to destroy something on another continent. Excellent.

We still wonder what the point of all this is, but who are we to question the wisdom of nations arming themselves for mass global destruction?

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Russia's new nuclear arsenal

Russia’s new nuclear arsenal