Russia extends Project 949A Irkutsk submarine's service life

According to information published by Tass on November 9, 2021, the service life of the Pacific Fleet’s Project 949A ‘Antey’ multirole nuclear-powered submarine Irkutsk will be extended by at least ten years after its repairs and upgrade at the Zvezda Ship Repair Plant in Russia’s Far East, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the ministry’s conference call.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Project 94A Antey submarine Irkutsk (Picture source: Twitter account of RussianPatrio17)

The nuclear-powered submarine Irkutsk will be outfitted with the latest missile, torpedo, and radio-technical armaments and advanced communications systems to boost its combat efficiency, the defense minister said.

The participants in the Defense Ministry’s conference call examined problems in the work to put the submarine into operation, including the timeframe of its trials after repairs and modernization at the Zvezda Ship Repair Plant in the Far East.

The K-132 Irkutsk is a Project 949A Antey in the Russian Navy.

The submarine was laid down on 8 May 1985 at Sevmash, Severodvinsk. Launched on 27 December 1987 and commissioned on 30 December 1988. On 13 April 1993, she has renamed Irkutsk.

The Project 949A nuclear-powered submarine has a length of 155 meters, a displacement of 24,000 tons, a depth of submersion of 600 meters, and an underwater speed of 32 knots. Its crew totals 107. The Project 949A nuclear-powered submarine is armed with six torpedo tubes and 24 launchers to fire Granit cruise missiles with a range of about 500 kilometers (311 miles).

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