Russian Navy to get six more Project 636.3 submarines in 2024

According to information published by Tass on October 27, 2022, a series of six Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines (NATO reporting name: Improved Kilo) will join the Russian Navy by 2024, Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov said.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Russian Project 636.3 submarine Magadan (Picture source: Ria Novosti)

According to the commander, submarines of this type feature excellent stealth capabilities and are armed with precision-guided weapons to effectively accomplish missions.

Project 636.3 also called Varshavyanka class is an upgraded version of the Kilo-class submarines that entered into service with the Russian Navy in June 2014.

The new submarine features stealth technology as well as extended cruising range and the ability to strike surface, land, and underwater targets. They are crewed by 52 submariners, have an underwater speed of 20 knots, and a cruising range of 400 miles with the ability to patrol for 45 days.

The Project 636.3 submarine has a length of 74 m, a maximum displacement of more than 3,900 t, an operating depth of 240 m, a maximum depth of 300 m, and a cruising range of 7,500 mi.

It carries the Kalibr-PL (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile system with cruise missiles that are launched from torpedo tubes from the underwater position. Submarines of the type were repeatedly used during the counterterrorism operation in Syria, also they were used during the special military operation in Ukraine.

Its length is 8.22 m (27.0 ft), with a 200 kg (440 lb) warhead. Its range is 440–660 km (270–410 mi). It is a Sea-skimmer with a final stage flight altitude of 4.6 meters (15 ft) and a supersonic terminal speed of Mach 2.9 (3,550 km/h; 2,210 mph).

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