Russian submarine fires torpedoes in the Baltic Sea

MOSCOW, (BM) – The Russian diesel-electric submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (built for the Pacific Fleet) has carried out training torpedo firing from a submerged position in the Baltic Sea, the Russian Baltic Fleet said on Wednesday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Interfax.

“The submarine crew completed the assigned tasks and fired torpedo weapons from a submerged position at a conditional sea target, which imitates by the small anti-submarine ship Aleksin at an admissible safe distance,” the press service of the fleet said.

According to the military, the firing was carried out with practical torpedoes. After completing the activities, all torpedoes were lifted out of the water by a torpedo boat.

The report says the firing provides by warships and rescue vessels and the naval aviation of the Baltic Fleet.

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is a submarine built for the Pacific Fleet. Russian media reported that two submarines – “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” and “Volkhov” – are working out tasks in the Baltic before moving to the base of the Pacific Fleet.

Moscow signed in the contract for the construction of this series of submarines in September 2016. The first ship, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, was handed over to the Russian Navy on November 25, 2019. The Volkhov submarine, the second in the series, entered the fleet on October 24, 2020.

On March 26, another submarine of the project, the Magadan, was launched in St. Petersburg. It should be handed over to the Russian Navy in November this year.

“This year, two more diesel-electric submarines of Project 636.3, Mozhaisk and Yakutsk, will be laid down for the Pacific Fleet’s submarine forces at the Admiralty Shipyards. Active construction work is underway at Ufa. The entire series of six units of non-nuclear submarines of Project 636.3 will be built and transferred to the Pacific Fleet by 2024, which will significantly strengthen its component of carriers of high-precision missile weapons,” said in March the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Nikolai Evmenov.

Tactical and technical characteristics of submarines of Project 636.3: sailing autonomy – 45 days, maximum immersion depth – 300 meters, diving range at economical speed – 400 miles, cruising range in RDP mode with an enhanced fuel supply at a rate of 7 knots – 7,500 miles, number of torpedo tubes – 6. Submerged speed – 18 knots. Crew – 52 people.

In 2016, the construction of the first six diesel-electric submarines of the Russian Black Sea Fleet project was completed. These submarines took part in a military operation in Syria – they struck with cruise missiles at militants from the Mediterranean Sea.

Project 636.3 submarines are equipping with Kalibr cruise missiles (developed by the Novator OKB, Almaz-Antey Concern VKO JSC).

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