Russian Navy

TK-208 Dmitry Donskoy

TK-208 Dmitry Donskoy. Photo from

TK-208 Dmitry Donskoy is Project 941 Akula heavy nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, lead ship of the project.


Zapadnaya Litsa, Northern Fleet


The sub was laid down on June 30, 1976 at Sevmashpredpriyatie Shipyard and commissioned in 1981. She joined Northern Fleet in 1982. The submarine is known as Dmitry Donskoy since October 7, 2002.


In 1987 the sub entered Navy's Roll of Honor; in 1989 - Honors Board of Ministry of Defense. In 1989 she was inactivated and laid up at Sevmash for general modernization under Project 941U. In 1991 the work was shut down. Modernization under Project 941UM was pushed in 1996. On July 26, 2002 the sub was commissioned into Northern Fleet again. In 2008 she passed repair and upgrade at Sevmash shipyard. In 2009 it is expected to complete test launches of SLBM Bulava based on the submarine.


NATO classification: SSBN Typhoon
Surface speed: 12 knots
Submerged speed: 27 knots
Operating depth: 400 meters
Endurance: 180 days
Crew: 160 men


Surface displacement: 23,200 (28,500) tons
Submerged displacement: 48,000 (49,800) tons
Extreme length (at design waterline): 172 meters
Extreme beam: 23.3 meters
Mean draft (at design waterline): 11 meters


Nuclear reactor; 2 water-cooled reactors OK-650; 50,000 shp each (36.7 mW)
2 screw shafts
4 steam-turbine nuclear power plants; 3.2 mW each
2 diesel generators DG-750 (kW)
Lead-acid storage battery


6 x 533-mm torpedo tubes
22 torpedoes 53-65K, SET-65, SAET-60M, USET-80 and Vodopad rocket torpedoes
20 SLBM Bulava
8 Igla MANPADS launchers

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