According to information provided by the newspaper “Izvestia”, underwater boat project “Typhoon” will remain in the lists of the Navy for testing weapons of existing submarines.
Underwater boat project “Typhoon” in the moment is one of the largest in the world, a solution to the decommissioning of these submarines originated from the lack of missiles for combat, as missiles modification of the P-39 made for them were removed from combat duty in 2000. Since the decision on alteration of these submarines in the ice carriers and trucks was abolished, the General Director of “Sevmash” Andrey Dyachkov suggested about using one of them, that is, “Dmitry Donskoy” as a living target for the new “Boreev”.
Explaining this choice, Andrei Dyachkov said: “Some of the tasks performed during testing, it is impossible to replace models. “Dmitry Donskoy” will be an aim to verify hydroacoustic station, checking the whole complex of weapons. At the moment for work “boat for boat” are fighting submarines of the Northern fleet.”
Chief of naval staff commented on the statement “Izvestia” that this is a very expensive project and requires an informed decision.
The representative of the headquarters of the fleet expressed his opinion: “the Cost of maintenance of the submarine “Typhoon” in the floating state (not just sank and did not explode) costs “the Treasury” about 300 million roubles annually. The “Dmitry Donskoy” being the only one on the move, eats up a big part of the amount. The remaining 2 boats for the past 10 years waiting for their utilization. Boat without missiles – just the pan, if the “Sevmash” has the desire to use, may be helpful have them”.
Sevmash is responsible that the content of the “Dmitry Donskoy” is the responsibility of the Navy, as it is their property. The representative of the plant said:” We don’t even have the basic conditions for berthing of submarines, there is no infrastructure suitable quay walls, electricity supply, steam supply, drains, and so on. When you order a fleet of these works will be achieved, but, of course, for the money. Such proposals are not currently received”.
“Izvestia” also asked this question to other representatives of the “Sevmash”: “This decision came due to despair. We are twenty years it was built, improved and now we are asked to put it on the scrap. On the resumption of production of missiles R-39 this, of course, is not, but because you can just work out the system to other types of submarines! Even the new hydroacoustic complex “Irtysh-amphora-B”, consisting on arms “Bareev” is only a modernized modification of the digital complex “SKAT-3”, which was used in the “Dmitry Donskoy”. Thus “the don” is a great loss for the springboard work of specialists hydroacoustics “Dolgoruky”. Better than they are themselves only “Borei”, but in this case it is necessary to distract them from their trials.”
As previously assumed, “Typhoon” was to serve as an underwater truck, delivering various goods to the Northern ports throughout the year. In the calculation of this delivery method was not profitable and he decided to give up. Eventually all three boats in the current project, including “Severstal” and “Arkhangelsk”, with the mine, converted at the “Bulava”,decided to dispose of.
The crew numbers TK-208, which is “don” in early 2012, will be reduced from 160 to 70 personnel. Disposal, he will wait in Severodvinsk, near which stood “the Archangel”.
The new missile complex “Bulava” was modernized under the “Dmitry Donskoy” in the 2000s. In one of his mines, made by a missile of the type P-39, was built starting glass is a new type of “Bulava”. However, of the fourteen only six launches were successful, the last of them were released twenty-ninth day of October, 2010.
In the Guinness book of world records listed the atomic rocket cruiser of strategic appointment, the heaviest of existing that belongs to the project 941 (the code “Shark” by NATO classification – “the Typhoon”). Lightweight steel case has two horizontally positioned housing with a diameter of 7.2 m, each of which is divided into 8 compartments. Between them are three the strongest of the module: the Central office, aft and bow, torpedo tubes in the quantity of six pieces, the caliber of 533 mm.
With such equipment, “Typhoon” for up to six months can be located at a depth of 400 m, moving with a speed of 27 knots (50 km/h). All 6 submarines of this type were produced in 1976. Following the agreement the Russian-American program “Joint reduction of threat”, three of them have already been disposed of.