Russian Navy

K-223 Podolsk

K-223 Podolsk.

K-223 Podolsk is a Project 667BDR Calmar nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN).


Pacific Fleet, Viliuchinsk


The submarine was laid down on February 19, 1977 at Sevmash shipyard (Severodvinsk) under the name of K-223; launched on April 30, 1979; commissioned into Northern Fleet on January 23, 1980; transferred to Pacific Fleet on December 11, 1980. The sub obtained the name of Podolsk on July 18, 1998 when Podolsk city administration took her under patronage.


In Nov Dec 1980 the sub carried out transarctic interfleet cruise from Northern Fleet to Pacific Fleet.

Since Dec 8, 1989 till Apr 28, 1992 the sub had been under interim overhaul at Zvezda shipyard (Bolshoi Kamen, Far East).

In 1996 along with K-211 and K-530 submarines, she performed group firings by R-29R ballistic missile against a coastal target.

On Sept 2, 2003 the sub launched ballistic missile from the Sea of Okhotsk against Chizha Range.

On Nov 14, 2004 a sailor died due to explosion onboard the sub. The reason was defective valve regulating pressure in freshwater tank. The sub's torpedo officer was adjudged guilty of negligence and sentenced for 2.5 years in penal colony.


NATO classification: Delta III
Surface speed: 14 knots
Submerged speed: 24 knots
Operating depth: 320 400 meters
Test depth: 560 meters
Endurance: 90 days
Crew: 130 men


Surface displacement: 10,600 tons
Submerged displacement: 13,050 tons
Extreme length (on design waterline): 155 meters
Extreme beam: 11.7 meters
Mean draft (on design waterline): 8.7 meters


The submarine is armed with four 533-mm and two 400-mm bow torpedo tubes (combat load is 16 torpedoes or 24 mines); 16 launch tubes of R-29R ballistic missiles; MANPADS Strela-2M launchers.

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