06:16 GMT +321 September 2017
Live
    Visitors look at St Petersburg diesel electric submarine of the Lada class at the International Maritime Defense Show in St Petersburg. File photo

    Sea Ghost: New Russian Submarine is Stealthier Than a 'Black Hole'

    © Sputnik/ Alexei Danichev
    Russia
    Get short URL
    144389717820

    Russia’s newest silent submarine is even stealthier than its sneaky predecessor.

    The stealth capabilities of Russia’s new Lada-class diesel-electric submarines far exceed those of their predecessors, Admiraty Shipyard’s CEO Alexander Buzakov told the Russian press.

    According to Buzakov, the new vessels are even stealthier than Russian Kilo-class submarines, thought to be one of the quietest diesel-electric submarine classes in the world and dubbed "black holes" for their ability to "disappear” from sonars.

    The new submarines are able to maintain such a low profile thanks to a clever implementation of a next-generation anti-reflective acoustic coating and a new improved hydro-acoustic system, Buzakov said.

    He also added that during the new submarines’ construction and design process, the development team managed to gather a lot of valuable data which, among other things, allowed them to significantly improve the Kilo-class submarines as well.

    The Lada-class submarines are designed to defend coastlines against ships and other submarines, gather intelligence, provide surveillance and reconnaissance missions, and act as a mother ship for special forces. With its new air-independent propulsion plant, a Lada submarine can remain submerged for as many as 25 days. With its vast array of weapon systems, the Lada is also world’s first non-nuclear submarine to be equipped with specialized launchers for cruise missiles.

    Related:

    Russian Navy Ka-27 Helicopters Practice Submarine Search in Barents Sea
    Hidden Potential: Russia Builds Two More Submarines
    Russia Modernizing Fourth-Generation Borei-Class Nuclear Subs
    Tags:
    stealth, submarine, construction, technology, Admiralty Shipyards, Alexander Buzakov, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment