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Russia's Top-5 Most Lethal Submarines

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The National Interest magazine published a compilation of Russia’s most dangerous submarines. The list includes five submarines which create a shield that cannot be broken by any Western analogue.

The National Interest magazine published a compilation of Russia’s most dangerous submarines. The list includes five submarines which create a shield that cannot be broken by any Western analogue.

 

© Photo : Рublic domainProject 971 Shchuka-B or Bars (NATO reporting name Akula) is a nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with 40 torpedoes, mines and 12 RK-55 Granat cruise missiles. First deployed in late 1980s, it can move at a speed of up to 35 knots when submerged, has a maximum operational depth of 600 meters (nearly 2,000 feet) and boasts an endurance of 100 days. The Akula remains one the quietest Russian submarines to date.

Above: An aerial stern-on view of a Russian Northern Fleet Akula class nuclear-powered attack submarine underway on the surface.
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Project 971 Shchuka-B or Bars (NATO reporting name Akula) is a nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with 40 torpedoes, mines and 12 RK-55 Granat cruise missiles. First deployed in late 1980s, it can move at a speed of up to 35 knots when submerged, has a maximum operational depth of 600 meters (nearly 2,000 feet) and boasts an endurance of 100 days. The Akula remains one the quietest Russian submarines to date.

Above: An aerial stern-on view of a Russian Northern Fleet Akula class nuclear-powered attack submarine underway on the surface.
© AP Photo / Mark EarthyProject 877 Paltus (NATO reporting name Kilo) is a diesel-electric powered attack submarine first commissioned in 1982.

Above: A Russian Kilo class submarine with the Russian naval flag glides into Stockholm's harbor and docked near the royal castle.
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Project 877 Paltus (NATO reporting name Kilo) is a diesel-electric powered attack submarine first commissioned in 1982.

Above: A Russian Kilo class submarine with the Russian naval flag glides into Stockholm's harbor and docked near the royal castle.
© AP Photo / FileThe Kilo is equipped with surface-to-air missiles, torpedoes, mines and anti-ship missiles. The class was designed to carry out anti-shipping and anti-submarine missions in littoral waters.

Above: One of Russia's Paltus class submarines navigates at a harbor in Russia's Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad.
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The Kilo is equipped with surface-to-air missiles, torpedoes, mines and anti-ship missiles. The class was designed to carry out anti-shipping and anti-submarine missions in littoral waters.

Above: One of Russia's Paltus class submarines navigates at a harbor in Russia's Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad.
© Sputnik / Igor Russak / Go to the photo bankProject 636.3 Varshavyanka is an improved Kilo submarine. It has higher speed, more advanced stealth technology and extended combat range than its predecessor.

Above: The Stary Oskol submarine prior to the ceremony of hoisting the navy flag as part of the International Maritime Defense Show in St. Petersburg.
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Project 636.3 Varshavyanka is an improved Kilo submarine. It has higher speed, more advanced stealth technology and extended combat range than its predecessor.

Above: The Stary Oskol submarine prior to the ceremony of hoisting the navy flag as part of the International Maritime Defense Show in St. Petersburg.
© Sputnik / Vitaliy Ankov / Go to the photo bankThe improved Kilo is nearly impossible to detect underwater, so it was dubbed by NATO a "black hole." The submarine is armed with torpedoes, mines and Kalibr 3M54 cruise missiles.

Above: A Varshavyanka class diesel-electric submarine in commission during a general rehearsal of the parade for the Russian Navy Day in Vladivostok.
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The improved Kilo is nearly impossible to detect underwater, so it was dubbed by NATO a "black hole." The submarine is armed with torpedoes, mines and Kalibr 3M54 cruise missiles.

Above: A Varshavyanka class diesel-electric submarine in commission during a general rehearsal of the parade for the Russian Navy Day in Vladivostok.
© Photo : Press-service of JSC PO SevmashThe Borei-class (Project 955) submarine is one of the two platforms designed since the end of the Cold War. It is is a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine designed to replace Russia's aging Typhoon-class, Delta III and Delta IV subs and intended to serve as the backbone of Russia's maritime nuclear deterrence.

Above: The Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear-powered submarine during tests.
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The Borei-class (Project 955) submarine is one of the two platforms designed since the end of the Cold War. It is is a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine designed to replace Russia's aging Typhoon-class, Delta III and Delta IV subs and intended to serve as the backbone of Russia's maritime nuclear deterrence.

Above: The Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear-powered submarine during tests.
© Sputnik / Pavel Kononov / Go to the photo bankYuri Dolgoruky (the flagmanship Project 955 submarine) and other Project 955 vessels are equipped with 16 RSM-56 Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missiles with a range of 8,000 kilometers (nearly 5,000 miles). Each Bulava SLBM is fitted with up to ten thermonuclear warheads.

Above: The Yury Dolgoruky nuclear-powered submarine seen during the ceremony of St.Andrew's flag-hoisting at the Sevmash shipyards, Severodvinsk.
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Yuri Dolgoruky (the flagmanship Project 955 submarine) and other Project 955 vessels are equipped with 16 RSM-56 Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missiles with a range of 8,000 kilometers (nearly 5,000 miles). Each Bulava SLBM is fitted with up to ten thermonuclear warheads.

Above: The Yury Dolgoruky nuclear-powered submarine seen during the ceremony of St.Andrew's flag-hoisting at the Sevmash shipyards, Severodvinsk.
© Press-service of JSC "PO "Sevmas" The Project 885 multipurpose attack submarines are touted as the most advanced multipurpose watercraft in the Russian Navy. In addition to its 533-mm torpedoes, a Yasen-class submarine is capable of firing cruise missiles from its eight vertical launching systems. It can also carry Onyx and Kalibr supersonic anti-ship missiles or land attack cruise missiles. The first Yasen-class sub, known as Severodvinsk, entered service in June 2014 and was assigned to Russia's Northern Fleet.

Above: The Severodvinsk multipurpose nuclear-powered submarine at the Sevmash shipyards, Severodvinsk.
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The Project 885 multipurpose attack submarines are touted as the most advanced multipurpose watercraft in the Russian Navy. In addition to its 533-mm torpedoes, a Yasen-class submarine is capable of firing cruise missiles from its eight vertical launching systems. It can also carry Onyx and Kalibr supersonic anti-ship missiles or land attack cruise missiles. The first Yasen-class sub, known as Severodvinsk, entered service in June 2014 and was assigned to Russia's Northern Fleet.

Above: The Severodvinsk multipurpose nuclear-powered submarine at the Sevmash shipyards, Severodvinsk.
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