Whisper-quiet Russian submarines sail through the North Sea unnoticed. The latest version of the “Kilo-Class” boats, as NATO calls them, would “listen in on internet” at the bottom of the sea and ocean.
According to the Daily Telegraph, 15 to 20 years ago the Russians have invested a lot of money in submarine technology.
Six of the Project 636.3 boats have now been delivered by the Russian naval shipyard in Saint Petersburg. The construction of the next six has already started and these can be taken into service next year.
The Kilo-Class has 18 torpedoes, sea mines and cruise missiles on board. The submarine is powered by diesel and electric motors. The snorkel speed is 25 knots, underwater speed 12 knots and the range is 7.500 nautical miles. According to the Russians, the Kilo-Class can spot an enemy submarine three to four times earlier than the opponent!
The new head of the English Royal Navy, Admiral Tony Radakin, has sounded the alarm. He believes that much more should be invested in submarine technology in response to the new Russian threat.
At the moment the Iranian navy has four Kilo-Class subs in its arsenal so beware…
PS - There is some confusion here. The name Kilo-Class is a NATO name for this class of new subs and not the Russian name! The Kilo-Class subs of the Iran Navy were built between 1992 to 1997 so these are not of the latest whisper-quiet variety.