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Saturday, 21 September 2013

21 September 2013. RIA-Infographics. Project 949A Antei Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile Submarines (SSGN/PLARK)

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Project 949A Antei Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile Submarines SSGN PLARK. 2013


The famed submarine K141 Kursk, lost in northern waters under murky circumstances, was of this class.



Nuclear-powered Cruise Missile Submarines (SSGN/PLARK) of the Project 949A Antei class have the mission of destroying enemy aircraft carrier battle groups and other surface targets. Distinguishing characteristics of this class are negligible noise levels, remarkable manoeuvrability, and high submerged speed. To find out more about this class of submarines, known throughout the fleet as “the aircraft carrier killers”, see our infographic.

In the morning on 16 September, a fire broke out during welding on the PLARK K150 Tomsk, at the Zvezda shipyard in Bolshoi Kamen in Primorsky Krai. No one was injured in the fire, and there was no radioactive leakage. The proximate cause of the fire was a violation of safety regulations. The Tomsk was laid down on 27 August 1991 at Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk. On 13 April 1993, the government of Tomsk Oblast  took on sponsorship of the ship, resulting in it being named Tomsk. In July 1996, the submarine was launched. In March 1997, the Tomsk became part of the Northern Fleet; on 9 October 1998, the sub was transferred to the Pacific Fleet, with a homeport at Krasheninnikov Bay in Kamchatka. Click here for technical details of the Tomsk.

16 September 2013





Sunday, 24 March 2013

RIA-Novosti Interactive Video: A Day in the Life of a Submarine Crew



The nuclear-powered strategic ballistic missile submarine K117 Bryansk (Project 667BDRM Delfin) is an important part of the Russian nuclear deterrent. Click here for a short video in English. By pushing the blue buttons on the player, you can watch a damage-control drill and an intercontinental ballistic missile launch.

22 March 2013



Sunday, 13 January 2013

13 January 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. K535 Yuri Dolgoruky: Nuclear-Powered Strategic Ballistic Missile Submarine

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. K535 Yuri Dolgoruky. Nuclear-Powered Strategic Ballistic Missile Submarine. 2013


TsKB MT Rubin designed this series of missile-armed nuclear-powered submarines, and this ship is the lead unit of a series of fourth-generation craft. It was laid down at Sevmash on 2 November 1996 with the name Yuri Dolgoruky.

9 January 2013



Friday, 17 August 2012

Pentagon Denied Reports of Russian Sub Near USA

Russian Navy Project 971 Shchuka-B SSN


On Thursday, the Pentagon denied media reports that a Russian nuclear-powered submarine cruised unnoticed for several weeks in the Gulf of Mexico near the shores of the USA. Wendy Snyder, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, said, “I don’t know what that information was based on, but it wasn’t correct”. Earlier, the Washington Free Beacon reported that a Russian Project 971 Shchuka-B class nuclear-powered attack submarine freely transited the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in June and July, undetected by the US Navy. On Thursday, a spokesman for the Defence Ministry neither confirmed nor denied media reports, saying only that all information on the movement of Russian submarines around the world is classified. The Shchuka-B is the main class of attack submarine employed by the Russian Navy. It has greater stealth capabilities than earlier models and is capable of carrying long-range missiles.

16 August 2012



Editor’s Note:

Of course, the USA denies the report. The USA is all-powerful, invulnerable, and the most god-favoured of all nations… in its eyes, that is. I think that the Russian sub DID evade US surveillance and it’s scaring the USA silly. It would’ve been better to have totally ignored the situation, but it’s an election year, and DoD thought it needed to issue damage control and CYA for the administration. The more things change…


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