ACCESS: Above Top Secret
- Apr 2, 2006
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Little is known about these deep-diving submarines. They were referred to as “ocean engineering & research ships” by the USSR, code-speak for covert operations. (According to some sources, they were designed to tamper with the USN’s SOSUS network.) The most distinguishing feature is “fenders” on the hull near the sail, for many years Jane’s Fighting Ships reported that these were wheel-wells for driving on the seafloor, however in the 1990s similar shapes were seen on the undersides of “Alfa” class SSNs being scrapped. They are now assumed to be related to the reactor somehow, or, lateral thrusters of some type. The HF whip antenna is curiously mounted on the aft deck. Hull material is assumed to be titanium.
Displacement: 1390t surfaced, 1580t submerged Dimensions: 226’4”x23’x17’ Machinery: Nuclear: 1 PWR (type unknown), 1 shaft Max speed (est): 31kts At-sea endurance: unknown Diving depth (est): 3100’ max Complement: 36
WEAPONS Assumed to be unarmed.
SENSORS Assumed to carry a “Snoop”-series radar; unknown sonar suite (possibly MG-519 “Mouse Roar” HF active).
by Jason W. Henson
1910 took part in recovery of the sunken SSGN Kursk
Photos via Vitaly Kostrichenko (shipspotting.com), KAF (forums.airbase.ru)