Russia's Delta-IV class SSBN K-18 “Kareliya”
is back in service in the Northern Fleet after five years of
modernization. All 7 of that class are still in active service with the Russian fleet.
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Are DELTA IVs subs that the P-3 community can deal with? Or are Russian SSBNs super quiet as well?
Scott, These are quiet boats, but nowhere near what the Ohio, Virginia, etc are This class was a follow-on to the Yankee SSBN and one we routinely tracked with little difficulty. I also tracked the first three variants of the Delta, as well as the Typhoon, as well as Their fast attack boats. The P-3 can certainly handle these, provided the sensor operators (AW's) get the training time in the simulators. One of the advantages the US used to have was a near- 10-year lead on ASW over our old adversaries. They closed that somewhat, over the years, but still have some difficulties producing a very quiet submarine. Respects,
Thank you, Tim.
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