Russian Yasen-M class nuclear submarine, most expensive and most advanced

Russian Yasen-M class nuclear submarine
Russian Yasen-M class nuclear submarine

Militarymedia.net - The second Yasen-M class nuclear-powered submarine (Project 885M), Novosibirsk will be delivered to the Russian Navy in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Novosibirsk will complete sea trials and state trials, the trials will include the launch of the Oniks and Kalibr-PL cruise missiles.

Late last year, JSC Sevmash Shipyard, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation, handed over the first Project 885M submarine, Kazan to the Russian Navy and joined the Northern Fleet. 

Six more submarines from Project 885M are currently in various stages of completion at the shipyard. The seventh and eighth submarines of the new 885M Project began construction on July 20, 2020.

Project 885/885M submarines are armed with Kalibr-PL cruise missiles and nuclear-armed Oniks. Kalibr cruise missiles with a range of up to 2,600 km. Kalibr missiles are equivalent to U.S. Tomahawk missiles. 

But in the end, project 885/885M submarines will carry Tsirkon hypersonic missiles as their base weapon.

Submarine Capability Project 885M

With a length of 139 meters, a width of 13 meters, and a weight when diving reaching 13,800 tons, the Project 885M submarine can carry up to 90 crew. The submarine is capable of maneuvering up to 31 knots or 57 kilometers per hour.

Not only that, Project 885M submarines can dive to a maximum depth of 600 meters. And, it can survive under the sea for up to 100 days.

Project 885M submarines are not only designed to point out enemy submarines and warships, but also Navy bases and other important targets. The submarine can carry 300 torpedoes.

Russia has only one Yasen-class submarine in operation, the Severodvinsk. The nuclear-powered underwater cruiser Project 885 began joining Russia's Northern Fleet in 2014.

The Yasen and Yasen-M classes were the first 4th generation multipurpose submarines for the Russian Navy. In addition, the most expensive and technically most advanced in the Russian Navy.

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