Russia to Modernize Akula Class Attack Submarines

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    Russia to Modernize Akula Class Attack Submarines

    Russia will modernize its fleet of the third-generation Project 971 (Akula class) nuclear-powered attack submarines, Vladimir Dorofeyev, head of the Malakhit Design Bureau, said.

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    “The Defense Ministry has decided to overhaul all third-generation attack submarines,” Dorofeyev said on Tuesday in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    “The first Project 971 submarine is already being upgraded at the Zvezdochka shipyard [in northern Russia],” he said without specifying the name of the vessel and the total number of submarines to be overhauled.

    According to Dorofeyev, the overhaul of the first Akula class submarine must be completed in two years, and it will rejoin the Russian Navy after sea trials.

    The upgraded vessels will feature better “stealth” capabilities and improved electronics, the official said.

    Together with Project 885 Yasen (Graney) class nuclear-powered vessels they will constitute the core of the Russian fleet of nuclear attack submarines.

    The third-generation Project 971 submarine was developed by the Malakhit Design Bureau in the 1970s-80s as an alternative to costly titanium-hull Sierra class vessels.

    A total of 15 submarines were built from 1984 to 2001 at the Amur shipyard in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk. It is not known how many of them are still in service, but one of the subs, the Nerpa, has been leased to India for 10 years under the name INS Chakra.

    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 km (1,860 miles) in addition to anti-ship missiles and torpedoes.

    Russia to Modernize Akula Class Attack Submarines | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    The Sierra class is also being put back into service after modernization. Interesting option for IN to pick up another Akula if available.
     
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    Just to clarify, this is the Shchuka-B Class submarine, with NATO reporting name Akula. The real Akula is the one with NATO reporting name Typhoon.
     
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    What nuclear missile can Akula launch with 3000km range?
     
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    Which "Akula" do we have?
     
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    we hav the attack SSN.
    the NATO designation is Akula for the attack SSN or SSGN, but the russian designation of Akula is for SSBNs(NATO designation Typhoon)
     
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    We don't have the Akula. We have the Nerpa, a upgraded Shchuka-B, which is referred to by its NATO reporting name, "Akula."

    Please see an older post:

     
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    Obviously this thread is talking about the NATO designate SSN.
     
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    It is the Akula, and the Akula is a heavy cruiser. It carries SLBMs, not cruise missiles. You asked a question about the Akula, I gave you an answer. I don't have information on the Shchuka-B. Sorry.
     
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    Akula in RuN carries SS-N-21 missiles with range of 3000 km. Ofcourse they need the 650 mm tube which Nerpa lacks.
     
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    SS-N-21 can be fired from 533 mm TT but modernised Akula will carry Kalbir cruise missile with a range of 1500-2600 km
     

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