Meanwhile, back in Russia…

As posted in an earlier blog entry, the Russians are intent on upgrading their submarine force in all aspects.

The latest news from our old adversaries is that they have a new SSGN going into the water in May.

From NewsofAP

A new Russian nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine will be launched May 7, an official said Monday.

Construction of the Severodvinsk, a Project 885 Yasen (Graney) class submarine, began in 1993 at the Sevmash shipyard in the northern Russian city of Severodvinsk but has since been dogged by financial setbacks.

“A floating out ceremony for Russia’s new Severodvinsk nuclear submarine at the Sevmash shipyard has been scheduled for May 7,” the shipyard spokesman said.

Graney-class nuclear submarines combine the ability to launch a variety of long-range cruise missiles (up to 3,100 miles or 5,000 km) with nuclear warheads, and effectively engage submarines, surface warships and land-based targets.

The submarine’s armament includes 24 cruise missiles, including the 3M51 Alfa SLCM, the SS-NX-26 Oniks SLCM or the SS-N-21 Granat/Sampson SLCM. It will also have eight torpedo launchers, as well as mines and anti-ship missiles such as SS-N-16 Stallion.

Severodvisk is expected to enter service with the Russian Navy by late 2010.

Last year, work started on the second sub in the series, the Kazan, which will feature more advanced equipment and weaponry.

Russia’s Navy commander, Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky, has said that the construction of new-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile and attack submarines was a top priority for the Russian Navy.

Date : 15/03/2010. News by Newsofap.com

Details of the new class may be found here

and more information here

And here

Note that she carries missiles in a new-design launching system behind her sail, like an SSBN.  These tubes are designed to be able to take a variety of missiles, thus increasing her abilities and potential missions. Her torpedo tubes are also on the sides of the hull, in order to allow for a larger and better sonar suite in the bow. She also has a pump jet propulsion system, thus eliminating the propeller and it’s accompanying problems.

Thus Russia is building both a new class of SSN/SSGN to accompany it’s new SSBN class. Just lovely.

Graney Class SSGN


6 Responses to “Meanwhile, back in Russia…”

  1. 1 ewok
    March 16, 2010 at 20:42

    Oscar replacement, indeed… natural born carrier killer 🙂
    I wonder if the pump jet will make it really quieter?
    I wonder if USN could create dual-purpose hull for next gen SSBN/SSGN?
    Todays Ohio’s are converted partially into SSGNs, right?

  2. 2 clarkward
    March 17, 2010 at 00:37

    Smaller than an Akula, but with 8 big-sized VLS tubes aft of the sail, and 8 torpedo tubes? I’ll go out on a limb and say that they’re making up some sh** if they want me to buy that it’s a good SSN in terms of hunting other subs. Not impressed with the crewing, either. But from an opposing force standpoint, they can underman their SSGNs all they want 🙂

    • March 17, 2010 at 01:10

      That’s my take too. The Russian Navy needs a good anti-CVB threat, and I figure this is it. I have mu suspicions on the manning levels, however, and think that they may be having more crew than they let on. They have some good tech, but I’m not so certain that 1: they have the same confidence in their tech as we do, and, 2.) that they are tossing out lower numbers as propaganda.

      What I find interesting is that they are developing a “universal” VLS tube that can, apparently, be sleeved to accept a variety of missiles, depending upon the mission, threat, stores available, etc.

      As an ancillary issue… consider this: the Russians have not been very hasty to condemn the rise of the “Russian Mob” and it’s influence in siphoning off a large chunk of cash from the Russian economy. Or sure, they have the occasional high-profile bust here and there, the resulting trials, etc. What if, however, they were inclucating that illusion? What if a good portion was actually being run by the state in order to finance these new systems?

      yeah… it’s a Dan brown novel, or something like that. However, what better way to hide a finance stream than in plain sight? It’s often been said that most of our own black project funding was done by padding other project accounts, and claiming “cost over-runs” for the extra money needed.

      Well, it seems to me that for a nation in such a sate of alleged disrepair, that they have an awful lot of cash available to fund these new SSGN and SSBN systems, with multiple hulls, new missiles and state of the art propulsion, etc.

      Maybe nothing. Maybe something. Just ruminating, but I have this nagging doubt about how far the Bear has really fallen.


      • 4 SCOTT the BADGER
        March 17, 2010 at 01:45

        The Bear has always had a lot of weasel in him. That sub is putting a lot of eggs in the Russian QC basket. Taking 17 years if fits and starts is not a good way to build a quiality hull.

    • March 19, 2010 at 02:09

      Monsters, they are. Basically, 2 Delta SSBN inner hulls with a new, larger, outer hull surrounding them. Still an amazing feat of engineering!

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