Construction program of Project 677 Lada non-nuclear submarines can be suspended, reports Izvestiya referring to a source in Russian Navy Main HQ.
According to the source, SSK St. Petersburg will not be commissioned into the Navy and remain an experimental prototype.
Defects of Lada-class submarine unfinished propulsion plant, sonar, Lithium tactical data system, torpedo TE-2 make Russian Navy return to submarines of well-proved project Varshavyanka, reports the newspaper.
According to the source, construction of two Lada-class submarines Kronshtadt and Sevastopol was suspended as well in spite of their hulls almost completed.
Representative of JSC Admiralteyskie Verfi shipyard denied a request of Central Navy Portal to comment that information.
Characteristics of Project 677 Lada diesel electric submarines:
Surface displacement 1,765 tons
Length overall 66.8 meters
Beam overall 7.1 meters
Surface speed 10 knots
Submerged speed 21 knots
Operating depth 250 meters
Test depth 300 meters
Endurance 45 days
Propulsion plant: D49 diesel engines
Armament: 6 x 533-mm torpedo tubes (combat load 18 torpedoes/rocket torpedoes/missiles or up to 44 mines), MANPADS Igla-1M with 6 missiles
Crew 35 men