Whisper-quiet Russian latest Kilo-Class subs in North Sea

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.

Revenge for stealing their caterpillar drive submarine.


yer right, listen to light waves down a fibre…NOT

Is that sorta like whispers in Galveston? Asking for a friend.

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You clearly underestimate the capabilities of the Intelligence Services. Already in 2005 they were able to tap fiber optic cables lying on the sea bottom.

In 2005, the Associated Press reported that a submarine called the USS Jimmy Carter had been repurposed to carry crews of technicians to the bottom of the sea so they could tap fiber optic lines. The easiest place to get into the cables is at the regeneration points – spots where their signals are amplified and pushed forward on their long, circuitous journeys. “At these spots, the fiber optics can be more easily tapped, because they are no longer bundled together, rather laid out individually,”


These days they don’t even bother with the aquatics. They now tap the cables where they make landfall with the kind permission of the governments. They make use of a probe that bounces the light through a prism, makes a copy of it, and turns it into binary data without disrupting the flow of the original Internet traffic.


Dutchie’s right.

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yet no story about any cable repair ship that pulls up a cable and says wow somebodies been working on it?
So the whole cable ship industry and everyone that ever worked on one in on the secret?

So a sub can pull a cable get it into a dry environment depressurize and let a technician work on it and stay there for years collecting data from millions of users to find something useful?
Or do they lay their own cable back to the island of Dr No?

Just plugging into the chassis at the landing stations sounds easier

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Well having a sub building contest will keep some welders and so on employed :wink:

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