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K-18 Karelia


K-18 Karelia. Photo from samoupravlenie.ru

K-18 Karelia is a 2nd generation Project 667BDRM Delfin Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine.

REGISTRATION

Gadzhievo, Northern Fleet

CONSTRUCTION

The submarine was laid down in February 1987 in Severodvinsk; launched in 1988; commissioned in 1989.

MLESTONES

The sub has performed over 14 missile firings and covered more than 140,000 nautical miles. In April 2000 Vladimir Putin sailed on board the sub.

In 2004-2009 the submarine had been modernized at Zvezdochka shipyard. Over 100 innovations were applied during upgrade, including installation of rocket torpedo system TVR-671RTM and SLBMs RSM-54 Sineva.

Reportedly, service life of upgraded submarine will make 10 years.

PERFORMANCE

Surface speed: 14 knots
Submerged speed: 24 knots
Operating depth: 320 - 400 meters
Test depth: 550 - 650 meters
Endurance: 90 days
Crew: 135 - 140 men

DIMENSIONS

Surface displacement: 11,740 tons
Submerged displacement: 18,200 tons
Extreme length (at design waterline): 167.4 meters
Extreme beam: 11.7 meters
Mean draft (at design waterline): 8.8 meters

ARMAMENT

4 x 533-mm bow torpedo tubes (12 torpedoes or 24 mines instead)
SLBMs RSM-54 Sineva
TVR-671RTM rocket torpedo system
MANPADS 9K310 Igla-1/9K38 Igla launcher