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Victor I class

Nuclear-powered attack submarine

Victor I class submarine

The Victor I class were the first Soviet submarines built to the teardrop hull design

Entered service 1967
Crew 100 men
Diving depth (operational) 320 m
Diving depth (maximum) 396 m
Sea endurance 50 days
Dimensions and displacement
Length 92.5 m
Beam 11.7 m
Draught 7.3 m
Surfaced displacement 4 100 tons
Submerged displacement 6 085 tons
Propulsion and speed
Surfaced speed 12 knots
Submerged speed 32 knots
Nuclear reactors 2 x VM-4T
Steam turbines 1 x 22.7 MW
Missiles 2 x SS-N-15 'Starfish' anti-submarine missiles
Torpedoes 6 x 533-mm bow tubes, two with 406-mm liners for a maximum of 18 torpedoes
Other 36 ground mines in place of torpedoes


   The Victor I class was designated by the Soviets as a PLA (podvodaya lodka atomnaya, or nuclear-powered submarine), and together with the contemporary Charlie I SSGN and Yankee SSBN classes formed the second generation of Soviet nuclear submarines.

   The Project 671 boats, known to the Soviets as the Yersey class, were the first Soviet submarines built to the teardrop hull design for high underwater speeds.

   K 38, the first Victor, was completed in 1967 at the Admiralty Shipyard, Leningrad, where the last of 16 units was completed in 1974. The Victor Is were the fastest pressurised-water reactor-powered SSNs afloat, even with the advent of the American Los Angeles class. The enriched uranium-fuelled reactor was of the same type as installed in both the Charlie and Yankee class vessels.

   Surviving Victor I class boats had been decommissioned by 1996.




Victor I class submarine

Victor I class submarine

Victor I class submarine

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