Russian Sevmash Shipyard unveils mini submarine Yason

According to information published by Tass on October 24, 2022, the Sevmash Shipyard has shown mockups of Project 03660 underwater vehicle Yason during the 10th international forum “Arctic Projects — today and tomorrow” in Arkhangelsk.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Model of the future Project 03660 underwater vehicle Yason. (Picture source: VPK)

During the forum, shipyard specialists will discuss the prospects for the development of Russia’s Arctic region, the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects, plans for geological exploration by oil, gas and mining companies, the development of the energy sector of the Arctic region, etc.

The Project 03660 Yason is a underwater vehicle with a displacement of 15 tons with a 270-degree view, capable of working at depths of up to 2250 meters.

The main purpose is to survey gas-transport infrastructure, assemble structures at depth, as well as to survey the seabed, geological prospecting, etc. at great depths. The crew of 2 persons, operating time underwater - 12 hours, speed underwater - 3 knots.

The Project 03660 Yason underwater vehicle is capable of operating both in salt and fresh water, including in the Arctic.

She was ordered by Gazprom transgaz St. Petersburg within the framework of the company’s innovative development strategy. The work involves leading Russian scientific organizations and companies specializing in the development of deep-water marine equipment and having experience in operating submersibles.

The Yason was laid down by the Sevmash Shipyard in June. According to CEO of Gazprom transgaz St. Petersburg Georgy Fokin, the project will become large-scale, Gazprom’s needs have already been determined.