Project 949A submarines

Article

August 13, 2022

Project 949A submarines (series: Antej, NATO: Oscar II) - Soviet and then Russian nuclear-powered submarines, designed to fight surface units, primarily American aircraft carriers and their strike groups. The main armament of the Project 949A ship is the P700 Granit (NATO - SS-N-19 Shipwreck) anti-ship maneuvering missiles (NATO - SS-N-19 Shipwreck) and 650 and 533 mm caliber torpedoes launched from special containers placed on the sides of the hull. The ships of this type belong to the category of missile ships, defined in the NATO nomenclature as SSGN (nuclear submarines carrying cruise missiles). Probably the twelve built units of this project are among the largest submarines in the world, second only to the Soviet Project 941 (NATO: Typhoon) ships and the American Ohio-type units. The 949A units are a development of the Soviet type of project 949 ships. Probably 12 units of this project were built, the leading unit of which is "Orenburg", originally called "Krasnodar", but only 10 ships remain in service today. One of the ships of this type - "Kursk", sank with the entire crew on August 12, 2000 in the Barents Sea.

Bibliography

Global Security: Project 949A Antey / Oscar II (eng.)