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AKULA III Project 971M GEPARD (K-335)

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun May 12, 2019 8:26 pm

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Project 971M is an Akula III Russian submarine, of which till today only one is in active service by the Russian Navy, she is the GEPARD K-335.
Built as a nuclear-powered attack submarine under yard no 835 by Sevmash Shipyard, Severodvinsk for the Soviet Union Navy.
23 September 1991 laid down.
22 February 1993 named GEPARD (K-335). (Means Cheetah)
17 September 1999 launched. NATO classification: Akula-III.
Displacement 8.140 ton surface, 12,770 ton submerged, dim. 110.3 x 13.6 x 9.7m. (mean draught)
Powered by Thermal nuclear reactor OK-650M (190 mW), speed 11.6 knots surface and 33 knots submerged.
2 x 410 shp auxiliary motors
2 x 750 shp diesel generators DG-300.
Armament: 4 x 650-mm torpedo tubes (12 torpedoes)
4 x 533-mm torpedo tubes (28 torpedoes)
Rocket torpedoes
RK-55 Granat cruise missiles
3 launchers of MANPADS Strela-3M
Test dept 600m.
Crew 73.
January 2002 commissioned. Based at Gadzhievo as a unit of the Russian Northern Fleet.

2019 Active, after overhaul and modernization completed in 2015

Project 971M (Akula III
The K-335 GEPARD is the 14th submarine of the class and the only completed Akula III 971M built for the Russian Navy. It was the first submarine commissioned in the Russian Navy since the KURSK disaster, as a result, its commissioning ceremony was an important morale boost for the Russian Navy with President Vladimir Putin in attendance. There is no NATO classification for the Akula III. It is longer and has a larger displacement compared to the Akula II, also it has an enlarged sail and a different towed-array dispenser on the vertical fin. Again, more noise reduction methods were employed. The GEPARD was the most advanced Russian submarine before the submarines of the Severodvinsk and Borei class were commissioned.
The Soviet advances in sound quieting were of considerable concern to the West, for acoustics was long considered the most significant advantage in U.S. submarine technology compared to the Soviets.

In 1983–1984 the Japanese firm Toshiba sold sophisticated, nine axis milling equipment to the Soviets along with the computer control systems, which were developed by Norwegian firm Kongsberg Vaapenfabrik. U.S Navy officials and Congressmen announced that this technology enabled the Soviet submarine builders to produce more accurate and quieter propellers.

Due to the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, production of all Akulas slowed.
The 1999–2000 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships incorrectly listed the first Akula II as Viper (the actual name is VEPR, (wild boar" in Russian), commissioned on 25 November 1995. GEPARD (Cheetah), launched 1999 and was commissioned 5 December 2001, and NERPA, laid down in 1993, began sea trials in October 2008. It was leased to India and commissioned by the Indian Navy as INS CHAKRA II in April 2012. ... (Akula_III)
Togo 2014 750F sg?, scott? (The stamp gives the name AKOULA which is wrong, the warship in the background of the stamp is not identified.)
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