12 Russia’s Biggest Submarine, the Akula

Russia’s Biggest Submarine, the Akula

Posted on October 9, 2015 by tim

A few photos here of Akula – Russian largest and biggest submarine yet. It’s a nuclear underwater warship that is biggest in the world, has nuclear generators on board, is called “Akula” in Russian which means “A Shark” and is dubbed “Typhoon” by Western armies. Their photos is always a pleasure to see and here is a new compilation.


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12 Responses to “Russia’s Biggest Submarine, the Akula”

  1. john says:

    Fantastic photo’s,great posting of a great sub.

  2. RB says:

    Capable of destroying maybe three to four hundred cities,maybe a lot more.
    I just have one question, what are the captain’s orders if war breaks out and there is no contact with anyone? How do know when to shoot or when to stop?

    • Pom2Ter says:

      I bought a book on that subject, it’s called the dead hand and is written by David E. Hoffman, it talks about a system developed during the soviet time (but never really acknowledged by the Soviet or Russian government) that can launch or give the launch order in case of a nuclear attack on the Russian state. It’s designed to retaliate if the Russian government is killed in a first strike and provides launch orders to all surviving nuclear bases, missile silos, launcher vehicles, airplanes and submarines through low frequency broadcasts and signal rockets throughout the Soviet Union/Russian state. You can read more about it on Wikipedia (It’s very minimal compared to the book) but if you search The dead hand / Perimeter on google you will find lot of information on it.

  3. Martinus van Brederode says:

    Holy crap. Always stunning to see how large submarines actually are.

  4. karolina says:

    What beautiful machines! Submarines had been disarmed under the SALT II agreements, but there are still 3 roadworthy, if I remember correctly. Comrade Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin should perhaps give them to rearm and level, taking account of the policy of “cold war” practiced lately by the USA, Europe (pug USA) and NATO? Unless the USA trying to redo the coup of 1989, but Putin is not Yeltsin …

    • Pom2Ter says:

      It probably won’t happen as they are too expensive to maintain and are intended to be replaced by the Borei (already in service) and Borei II class submarines (which are smaller than the typhoons, 158 meters vs 175 meters) but also a lot cheaper to build and maintain. It was also reported that TK-17 “Arkhangelsk” and TK-20 “Severstal” both still in reserve with the northern fleet will likely be scrapped starting 2018, leaving only the first built Typhoon TK-208 “Dmitriy Donskoy” intact and in active service.

  5. John S. Disher says:

    The bigger they are, the easier target they become.

  6. Surely it’s a Typhoon class?

    • Pom2Ter says:

      You didn’t read any of the above comments didn’t you?
      It is indeed a Typhoon Class (Designation by NATO) or project 941 or Akula which means Shark was the name used by the Soviet Union…

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