- Mar 19, 2019
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949AM will indeed be, there was talk that the 971 would be capable too. The 650 mm tubes are capable for Kalibr, so it is not so far fetched to see them deploying the Tsirkon949 and 971 are Zircon capable? News to me.
That has been the case for a long time, but in the last few years we have seen a substantial acceleration of the the pace of repair and modernizations, until 2023 the fleet will receive many subs that had been waiting for a long time.Also Shortest Notice is like the exact opposite of how they have been brought back, indeed the stagnation/decrease in number of platforms is why keeping an edge in AShMs is critical for RuNavy.
Whether the coincidence in time of Tsirkon tests and the return of these old subs is due to them being able to carry it or just in order to enable the true carriers to perform their mission is not known, but in any case the resurgence of these types in the fleet and the impending commissioning of the Tsirkon seem closely correlated.
Some links about those two topics:
Она получит новые ударные возможности после модернизации, отметил собеседник ТАСС
Ремонт подводной лодки начался в 2019 году
Как сообщил ТАСС источник в кораблестроительной отрасли, она сможет нести 48 новых ракет "Калибр-ПЛ", "Оникс" и "Циркон"
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BTW, range of Tsirkon against land targets has been stated as 1500 km by "sources" talking to TASS. For reference: