Russia denies believing the world’s largest nuclear submarine

The commander of the Russian navy announced that the world’s largest submarine Dmitry Donskoy will operate for many more years, denying that it is decommissioned.

“Who said that the Dmitry Donskoy submarine will be decommissioned and scrapped? It is still on combat duty and will serve many more years,” Russian naval commander Nikolay Yevmenov said on August 15.

Many officials in the Russian shipbuilding and defense industry have previously denied that the Dmitry Donskoy has been removed from the Russian Navy.

The submarine Dmitry Donskoy went to sea on a mission in 2017. Photo: Oleg Kuleshov.

The submarine Dmitry Donskoy went to sea on a mission in 2017. Photo: Oleg Kuleshov.

The comments come a month after an unnamed source in the Russian defense industry said that the Russian navy had scrapped the Dmitry Donskoy submarine and that it would be scrapped. “The name ‘Dmitry Donskoy’ will be transferred to the Project 955A submarine under construction at the Sevmash plant,” the source added.

Dmitry Donskoy is the first ship of Project 941 “Akula”, commissioned by the Soviet Navy from the end of 1981. The Soviet Navy received a total of 6 submarines of Project 941 in the period 1981-1989, the second ship. Seven started construction in 1986 but was not completed.

Project 941 submarines have held many world records in terms of size, with a record width of 23 m and a displacement of 48,000 tons that have not been broken. Its 175 m long record was broken when Russia built the Belgorod nuclear submarine with a length of 184 m.

Project 941 submarines usually operate in the Arctic region, which is protected by air and naval forces. They are built with solid shells and large buoyancy chambers, capable of breaking through polar ice caps.

Each ship of Project 941 is capable of carrying up to 20 R-39 intercontinental ballistic missiles, each with a range of 8,300 km and containing 10 warheads with a total explosive power equivalent to two million tons of TNT. The ship can move at a speed of 44 km / h when floating and nearly 50 km / h when submerged thanks to two OKB-650 nuclear reactors with a total capacity of nearly 100,000 horsepower.

The Russian Navy received six Project 941 submarines after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but five were decommissioned in the period 1996-2006. Dmitry Donskoy is the only one still in service with this force and was upgraded in 2002 to be a test launch pad for the RSM-56 Bulava nuclear ballistic missile.

Vu Anh (Theo TASS)

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