Mir wrote:Yes those chairs are amazing!
Gorby and Yeltsi caused some terrific damage - esp to the navy!
Thankfully those 945's did manage to survive - they are still real game changers.
The 705 time is long gone.
Those were the chasers.
Not sure if you recall the operational principle of it, so let me remind you.
The project was a follow on of the Polaris program.
First of all, we are facing a mass falsification of common sources, citing it had about 4500km range.
It is utter bullshit.
Polaris when accepted for service, had a range of not more than 2300km.
The Lira program was settled to make an interceptor. A submarine capable to hunt down the incoming SSBNs, while those were outside the engagement envelope.
Once spotted/tracked by the other recon means, it was supposed to jump out of the patrol zone, chase/intercept it, before it can unleash the nuclear strike.
A combination of sustained 40+ knots speed with WA-111, with a nuclear warhead, made it possible to intercept the SLBM carriers well before they can ignite the missiles.
But as the Polaris program was in development either, the new missile versions gained the range, almost doubling it at the end.
It was already impossible to intercept it, before it can strike the Leningrad - a Moscow, perhaps.
So the whole concept turned obsolete, just the same way that MiG-25 concept of intercepting B-52, and burning through ECMs with its extremely powerful radar was obsolete when the low altitude tactics was implemented.
That is why the whole series was retired so fast, the tactical useless combined with the fact that those were so heavy in new technology, that turned to be problematic in handle. A metal cooled reactor was not a gain either ...
Too complicated, too specialized.