MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian nuclear Gepard (Cheetah) submarine has returned to the country’s Northern Fleet after the restoration of technical readiness, the fleet’s spokesman said Saturday.
The vessel will undergo a naval combat training course shortly.
The Gepard vessel is a third-generation Project 971 (Akula class) nuclear-powered attack submarine. It was built in 2001.
Akula-class submarines feature very low acoustic signatures and can carry up to 12 submarine-launched cruise missiles with nuclear warheads and a range of 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) in addition to anti-ship missiles and torpedoes.