New Russian Diesel Submarines: Innovative and Very Scary

In the words of Alexei Aleshin, the first deputy CEO of Russian Technology state corporation:
“Lada will be an absolutely new product. One hundred and twenty new technologies are being used for its creation.”

Construction of the first Lada submarines started in 1977. The Lada’s main feature is its offering of a combination of a low noise level, small size and power. Functions include those similar to others of its ilk, namely, the destruction of enemy submarines and ships, the protection of navy bases, coasts and sea communications, and reconnaissance operations. The Lada submarine is able to perform independently on naval communications against enemy submarines and ships and to protect coastal regions and straight zones from other subs.



Due to the reduction of all physical fields, the Lada is almost invisible. It features a new anti-sonar coating for its hull, an extended cruising range, and advanced anti-ship and anti-submarine weaponry. This submarine is also equipped with an inertial navigation system (INS), which allows for safer control of the vessel. The control of weapons and technical equipment is fully automated.

The Admiralty Shipyard is building another three Lada-class submarines, and plans to launch between four and six of them by 2015. Russia has ensured high export potential by developing state-of-the-art Project 636 and Project 677 diesel submarines. These subs are thought to be of the most silent submarine classes anywhere in the world and they have been specifically designed for anti-shipping and anti-submarine operations in relatively shallow waters. Russia has already built submarines for India, China and Iran.

The free world awaits the Lada and…shivers.

Jan 26, 2009
by M Dee Dubroff
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Now we really do know

Thank you for your kind and very helpful comments. Why don't you write a better article since mine are so lousy and you know so much more about everything?

At least, stop reading mine. If they are so bad why bother?

I guess your mother never taught you that being a critic is the easiest job in the world. She also should have told you that if you can't say anyhing nice, don't say anything at all.

One can offer constructive criticism without being obnoxious, but then again, you can't, can you?

You can write all you want but I won't answer again.

You are entitled to your opinion, but please  take it somewhere else.



Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations

Jan 27, 2009
by buteverde

I know, too.

Clearly the definitions of obnoxious apply to the author of the comment within which they are presented to us. What a bully, as the last commentator says.

Kindness is the highest virtue.