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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  Austin on Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:20 pm

    Dont know for sure but I suspect yes it can fire Klub as Indian Kilos do.

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  TR1 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:41 pm

    http://balancer.ru/forum/punbb/attachment.php?item=296130&download=2

    Photo of Nerpa interior during fitting out.

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  George1 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:48 am

    Caliber Cruise Missiles to Set in Russian Subs since 2013

    In 2013, Russian defense ministry will start equipping of Project 971 Schuka-B and Project 877 Varshavyanka submarines with Caliber cruise missiles capable to hit land-based targets at the range of 300-2,500 km, reports Izvestiya.

    According to the newspaper, "Russian Navy will thereby obtain a capability to attack land targets. By the way, the missiles are launched by common 533-mm torpedo tubes".

    "It is practically impossible to intercept Caliber missile even by the most advanced air defense systems, including Russian S-300 and S-400. Salvo launch made by a suddenly surfaced submarine may destroy several key assets at once. This capability makes the subs earlier used only for naval engagement a versatile weapon", a source in Russian Navy Main HQ told Izvestiya.

    At present, Russian Navy operates over 20 submarines of Schuka-B and Varshavyanka classes, reports the newspaper.

    A high-ranking staff officer told Izvestiya that integration of Caliber missile into Project 971 nuclear submarine K-328 Leopard had been already started. The sub is under repairs at Sevmash shipyard since June 2011. Early in Nov, Caliber missile was successfully tested by its standard carrier, newest Russian Yasen-class submarine Severodvinsk.

    According to Izvestiya, at first, the Caliber missiles will be planted in Project 971 submarines stationed at Northern Fleet. Then, analogous work will be done on Pacific Fleet' Schukas.

    An informed representative of defense industry told Izvestiya that the first Caliber-equipped diesel-electric submarine would be B-261 Novorossiysk (Project 636.3) being currently built at Admiralteyskie Verfi shipyard in St. Petersburg. She will be followed by diesel subs Rostov-na-Donu and Stary Oskol in 2014-2015. After that, it is planned to plant Caliber missiles on Project 877 Varshavyanka submarines in service at Northern Fleet's 165-th brigade.

    "It is also discussed to plant the new missiles on Lada-class submarines, in particular, on the lead sub St. Petersburg which is already built", writes Izvestiya.

    http://rusnavy.com/news/navy/index.php?ELEMENT_ID=16468

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  stud-one on Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:27 am

    Can anyone give me an accurate list of how many akulas are actually in servine with the russian navy? Jane's says there are 10. I tend to distrust.western analysts based on the bias I see in them. So if anyone can give me an accurate number that would be great.. thanks

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  TR1 on Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:40 am

    stud-one wrote:Can anyone give me an accurate list of how many akulas are actually in servine with the russian navy? Jane's says there are 10. I tend to distrust.western analysts based on the bias I see in them. So if anyone can give me an accurate number that would be great.. thanks

    Number is around 12 max @ best, so by Jane's standards they are not too far off.

    I presume you mean project 971, not the real Akula (941).

    I had a headcount of all the big nuclear boats and their status @ the time I made the list, gotta dig it up.

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  stud-one on Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:22 am

    Cool TR1 thanks for the info. Yes i meant project 971 Bars. If you can find that list that would be awesome to see. Cheers

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  TR1 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:37 am

    Gepard in dry dock-photos taken just recently!

    http://www.balancer.ru/forum/punbb/attachment.php?item=316527&download=2
    http://www.balancer.ru/forum/punbb/attachment.php?item=316528&download=2
    http://www.balancer.ru/forum/punbb/attachment.php?item=316529&download=2

    Talk about a big drydock...

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  Austin on Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:16 pm

    WoW Snow and Snow !

    Wasnt Gepard labelled as the last Akula built by Russians which was considered very close in characteristic to 4th Gen Submarine and was fully or partially digital sub ? I remember Putin was there commisioning the Gepard.

    I wonder how she performed in the almost 10 years she was operational ?

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  TR1 on Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:42 am



    Leopard at Zvezdochka, 2012.

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  Viktor on Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:55 am



    Bratsk Akula class

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  George1 on Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:35 pm

    Akula-Class Nuclear Subs’ Overhaul Could Take Decade – Shipyard

    MOSCOW, December 13 (RIA Novosti) – The overhaul of Russia’s fleet of third-generation Project 971 (Akula class) nuclear-powered attack submarines could take at least a decade, the Zvyozdochka shipyard said Friday.

    “The planned modernization schedule [for each boat] is at least three years,” Zvyozdochka general director Vladimir Nikitin said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.

    The first Akula-class boat, the Leopard, is already being upgraded at the shipyard, but the work on that vessel will take much longer compared with subsequent submarines because the development of the documentation and technological processes for the necessary repairs have not been yet completed, Nikitin said.

    The overhaul will involve replacement of the electrical wiring, electronics, missile systems and other equipment. The upgraded vessels will also feature better “stealth” capabilities.

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

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  TR1 on Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:42 am

    Well, some clarity on the Barnaul- the ship is going to be scrapped.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/689363.html


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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  Stealthflanker on Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:22 am

    I wonder if Russia is going to build more Akula or simply go for new generation of attack submarine.


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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  TR1 on Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:53 pm

    Stealthflanker wrote:I wonder if Russia is going to build more Akula or simply go for new generation of attack submarine.


    No excuses for you Stealth, no NATO names!

    And no, they have shown no inclination or interest. Modernizing and repairing them is enough.

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  Stealthflanker on Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:08 am

    TR1 wrote:
    Stealthflanker wrote:I wonder if Russia is going to build more Akula or simply go for new generation of attack submarine.


    No excuses for you Stealth, no NATO names!

    And no, they have shown no inclination or interest. Modernizing and repairing them is enough.

    Ok..Ok ..  Laughing  Next time I'll use 971  respekt 

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  Viktor on Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:47 pm

    K-295 Samara Akula-2 and K-391 Bratsk Akula-2 off to extensive modernization  thumbsup 

    Submarine "Bratsk" and "New" will be a complete redesign of the shipyard in Severodvinsk

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  Mike E on Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:12 pm

    Russia to upgrade 2 Pacific Fleet nuclear submarines


    ARKHANGELSK, August 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Two multi-purpose Project 971 nuclear submarines Samara and Bratsk of the Russian Pacific Fleet will be delivered to the city of Severodvinsk, a nuclear shipbuilding center in Russia’s northern Arkhangelsk region. They will be upgraded at the Zvezdochka military shipyard, the military shipyard’s press service told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.
    A dock-ship will deliver nuclear submarines from the Far-Eastern port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on the Northern Sea Route.
     

    - Looks like they are finally starting!

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  GarryB on Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:16 am

    It makes a lot of sense to upgrade Pike subs... they should have years of service yet and the replacement of all the electronics and systems means all the important components will be up to date and modern.

    Fitted with the new Sigma communications and battle management system means it will be able to communicate with other vessels in the Russian fleet and share data.

    It would be a bit like an Su-35 or MiG-35... not as good as a PAK FA in some areas (ie stealth and raw performance with low drag and high engine power to weight ration) but better in other areas (ie weapon capacity and low cost and numbers ).


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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  Mike E on Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:31 pm

    True, and as I always say "it is good to build new, but it is better to build the new and upgrade the old."

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  GarryB on Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:08 pm

    Less waste and usually faster too.

    It also means you have a mixed fleet but at least the vessels in that fleet old and new have the same standard equipment and comms systems/weapons etc. Eases training without having to get the new boats into service in numbers quickly.


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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  Mike E on Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:08 pm

    Exactly! 

    Besides, these 971 Akulas (especially the improved ones) still have a good 15-25 years left in them if they are properly maintained... By then all Yasens should've been made, and that allows them to begin decommissioning the 971s.

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  navyfield on Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:06 pm

    im not so sure,project 971 seem to show allot of noise creeping up due to old age, but better than nothing.

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  Mike E on Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:44 pm

    How do you know that? Subs don't get "louder" unless they are degraded (for export) or completely unmaintained...

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  navyfield on Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:51 pm

    Actually subs do get louder over time ,tiles falling off ,equipment degrading ,cavitation damaging propeller that must be replaced after a while and then actively ballanced...etc...

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    Re: Project 971: Akula class

    Post  Mike E on Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:12 am

    - Hence the reason I said "completely unmaintained"...

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