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Friday, January 22, 2010

Modernized nuclear sub back in service

The Russian strategic nuclear Delta-IV class submarine K-18 “Kareliya” is back in service in the Northern Fleet after five years of modernization.
The contract on delivery of the nuclear submarine was signed today at the Zvezdochka ship repair yard in Severodvnisk, the company'sweb site reads.

The modernization has prolonged the submarine’s lifetime with approximately ten years and improved its tactical and technical performance considerably. The work includes improved noise-reduction and detection systems.

Kareliya (Photo

The missile system has been modernized and the submarine’s main weapon system is now the Sineva ballistic missile. According to Wikipedia, it can carry ten 100kT warheads. In a test launch on 11 October 2008, an R-29RMU travelled 11,547 kilometers downrange.

K-18 “Kareliya” is one of seven Delta-IV class nuclear submarines built from 1985 to 1992. All are still in service in the Russian navy today. Five submarines have already gone through modernization at the Zvezdochka shipyard, according to Wikipedia. (source : barentsobserver)