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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

 
 
Country of origin Soviet Union
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
Armament
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 Yersh 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.

   In 1984 a Soviet K-314 boat colided with the US Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier in the Sea of Japan. The boat was significantly damaged and stayed on scene for several days before Soviets sent a sent out a seagoing tug to bring the boat home for repairs. The US Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier was not significantly damaged. Interestingly samples of the Soviet submarine's hull coating were stuck in the Kitty Hawk's hull. These were removed by the divers and examined by the US intelligence.

   Surviving Victor I class boats had been decommissioned by 1996.

 

 

 
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