Militarov wrote:PapaDragon wrote:Buzakov also noted that the test of the air-independent power plant will not be conducted on the submarines "Kronstadt" and "Velikie Luki", as well as on the next two ships. "They will definitely be without VNEU, maybe it will be tested at some of the subsequent ships of this project," he added.
I don't get it. I thought that air-independent propulsion was main selling point of these Lada subs.
If they are not getting AIP then what is their advantage over Kilo class? Genuinely asking.
Wouldn't it make more sense to build more Kilos then?
And speaking of Kilos, how good really are they when compared to AIP subs? I know they call them Black Holes but how deserved is that name?
I personally dont think they should start with Ladas untill AIP is ready, beats the point. Rather build 2 more Kilos till Ladas together with AIP are available.
Well IF they are that much superior AND IF they can be built at similar speed THEN it would make sense
Otherwise you are right, they should stick with Kilos for a while more