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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.


Gadzhievo, Northern Fleet


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


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.


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


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


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