Russia has launched its second Project 677
Lada-class diesel-electric attack submarine, named Kronstadt, at the St. Petersburg-based
Admiralty Shipyards. This comes 13 years after the vessel was laid
down. Admiralty Shipyard CEO, Alexander Buzakov,
was quoted as saying during the launch ceremony, “The importance of this event is hard to
overestimate. The submarine began to be built in 2005. There have been some pauses in construction
work and in financing, but the launch day has come at last. The delay in construction work allowed for
using the experience gained in building and operating the submarine The St. Petersburg. By all parameters, this submarine surpasses
its predecessor – Project 636 (improved Kilo-class). We are certain that the future of non-nuclear
submarine force of the Russian Navy should be pinned on project 677. There will be a large series”. In this video, Defense Updates analyzes why
Kronstadt the 2nd Lada-class submarine will be a major headache for U.S & NATO? Let’s get started. Project 677 Lada class diesel-electric attack submarines are designed by the Russian Rubin Design Bureau. The submarines of this class are primarily
designed for coastal defense against enemy submarines and surface combatants apart from
surveillance and reconnaissance. The Russian Ministry of Defense initially
planned to field 3 Lada-class submarines by 2018. But there has been massive delays in the program. The lead ship of the class, named Sankt Peterburg,
was launched in October 2004 and began sea trials in November 2005. The submarine was handed over to the Russian
Navy in April 2010. However, in November 2011 the Russian Navy
decided not to accept the submarine as it had couldn’t pass the tests and failed to
meet certain requirements. The lead boat was retained as a test vessel
and was utilized to perform experiments with various components and subsystems. The construction of the remaining boats of
the class was stopped. On 27 July 2012, the Russian Navy commander-in-chief
announced the resumption of the construction of the St. Petersburg-class submarines, having
undergone extensive design changes. In 2013 and 2015, two further submarines were
re-laid, the first of which is the Kronstadt and second is named Velikiye Luki. The Lada-class is designed to be smaller than
Russia’s mainstay diesel-electric attack submarines of Kilo class. Kronstadt has a length of 72 m and displaces
2,700 tonnes when submerged. Importantly, Kronstadt uses large-scale automation
to reduce crew requirements and increase efficiency. The vessel can move to battle with only 35
personnel manning it. The Lada class currently doesn’t have Air
Independent Propulsion but as per reports Rubin Design Bureau is working on it and is
expected to be developed by 2021. The ship has an inertial navigation system
and much-improved sensors. It has bow, flank arrays and towed array sonars. It also has multiple countermeasure suits
including electronic support measures (ESM) system and radar warning receiver. Lada-class subs have a very low acoustic signature
because of a special anti-sonar coating called Molniya (Lightning). This coating coupled with the small physical
profile will make them very hard to detect. The vessel can move to depths of 300 m, has a surface speed of 10kt and a submerged speed of 21kt. Because of this many military analysts have
called this vessel “Mini-Red October class”. Though small in size, the Lada class packs
a deadly punch. The submarine is equipped with automated combat
control system Litiy The submarine has six 533 mm (21 in) torpedo
tubes. It can accommodate a combination of torpedoes
or surface to surface missiles totaling to 18. For torpedoes, the vessel will have many options
like the Type 65. Type 65 has a range of 50 km at 93 km/h and
100 km at 56 km/h For surface to surface missile option, it
can accommodate anti-ship or anti-submarine or land attack variant of Kalibr missile. The anti-ship and anti-submarine variants
have a range of range up to 600 km and speed up to Mach 2.9. The land attack variant has a range of 2500
km with a max speed of Mach 0.8. There are several instances where single lonely
wolf submarines have been able to knock down formidable opponents during military exercises. In 2005 as part of a joint exercise, USS Ronald
Reagan carrier task force including multiple antisubmarine escorts was pitted against HSMS
Gotland, a tiny Swedish diesel-powered submarine displacing just 1,600 tons. HSMS Gotland was able to execute several simulated
attacks and was never detected by the task force. In March 2015, an exercise was organized by
U.S & France. In the exercise, French nuclear submarine
Saphir along with few supporting assets squared off against USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier
Strike Group. According to the reports, Saphir was able
to penetrate the Carrier Strike Group which consisted of several Ticonderoga-class guided
missile cruisers, Arleigh Burke class destroyers, and a Los Angeles -class nuclear attack submarine
along with the supercarrier. In simulated firing runs, it was able to score
torpedo hits on the supercarrier as well some cruisers and destroyers. In October 2015, a Russian made Indian Kilo-class
submarine INS Sindhudhvaj (S56) allegedly took out a U.S. Navy Los Angeles class attack
submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) in a simulated torpedo attack during
a exercise Malabar, which is held annually between India, Japan, and the United States. Lada class submarines bring this kind of challenge
to not only U.S Carrier Task Force but also to America’s nuclear powered ballistic missile
submarines. Viewers must note that, the nuclear powered
ballistic missile submarines of Ohia class forms the most important part America’s
nuclear deterrent since the 14 Ohio class submarines together carry approximately 50%
of the total US active stockpile of strategic thermonuclear warheads deployed through Trident
Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile.


  1. The Russian's build awesome killer nuclear submarines. The Germans build the best and most advanced diesel electric submarines.

  2. Without AIP this will be very limiting factor as far a blue water capability goes.
    The Los Angeles 688 boats are nearly 40 years old putting them at a significant disadvantage compared to newer subs.
    Our new Virginia and Sea-wolf boats should be quite capable.
    13 years to build a sub speaks volumes about the limitations of Russia's financial ability to project militarily.
    Can technology limitations be far behind?

  3. Why is that? Is the US planning to attack Russia? Russia is not interested in going to war. And as far as NATO is concerned, there is no more USSR, there is no Warsaw Pact. It's time to abolish NATO.

    We need a pro-American foreign policy, not a pro-Israel foreign policy!

  4. PLEASE!!!!!!!!! America's nuclear-powered Seawolf and Virginia class submarines would put that Russian Junk Submarine to shame. so nice try Russia.

  5. An Australian Collins Class attack boat did something similar in an exercise at Hawaii a few years ago. Those huge carriers are very difficult to defend.

  6. another nosey diesel submarine from the Russias, I'm sure it will be quickly tracked and given its acoustic name the moment it leaves port lol.

  7. super carrier is in big Risk, if russia will attack america., america should replace some slow reaction submarine and enhance there attack ships as soon as possible.

  8. My issue with this is video is these the following. Simulation fights have restrictions on both parties so the results have to be considered tainted as it includes weapon systems in some cases not even actually firing live rounds but test rounds. Software modes tend to behave differently depending on the mode of activities the weapon is activated in. For example the anti missile systems are prone to engage at different elevation and range. The second issue are drones which are making rapid advances and personally I feel will make manned subs obsolete in 15 to 20 years as they make perfect automated weapons platforms. Making them smaller quite and even disposable. So this sub itself is useless in the long run.

  9. First off… I want to say to all the dumbass posters that think modern diesel/electric/AIP subs aren't quieter than nuclear powered sub… think again dullards.
    The only thing that makes a nuclear boat better is time submerged and range without refuelling, for obvious reasons.
    I would love for Canada to have to about a dozen modern diesel/electric/AIP boats because we don't have any "nuclear Navy" vessels and nukes they are extremely expensive.
    All this being said, I'm pretty sure the Western nations navies are not staying up nights worrying about another Russian propaganda unicorn sub.

  10. People keep talking about Russia and USA going to war but Russia more likely to end up going to war with China than the USA. China needs resources and it's sitting on them. Historically the sino-Russo war was undeclared war for 8 months just over a border. As resources become more crucial to both countries they will eventually come into conflict.

  11. Thank you so much for making this video, I've commented on more than one occasion on videos from this channel that aircraft carriers are almost obsolete at this point because of how stealthy submarines are becoming. All that money spent on training for anti-submarine Warfare, and a Swedish sub can hit an aircraft carrier at will? There needs to be a radical change in technology if we're ever going to be able to defend against Subs like that.

  12. By this one can come to conclusion that submarine is deadlier than aircraft carriers. USA 🇺🇸 as 11 carriers and as to improve to defend torpedoes from submarine….

  13. I'm glad its diesel-electric, Russians have a bad habit of dumping nuclear reactors to the bottom as if it won't matter. "Environmental responsibility" seems to have no Russian translation.
    Militarily speaking, As a typical diesel boat, it can be tracked fairly easily, so don't think NATO is too worried as to it's whereabouts. It's torpedoes, on the other hand, are indeed concerning.

  14. make submarines out of plastics. that way anyone searching for one will think it's just another lump of garbage

  15. On my shopping list I need:

    A couple of Su 35's, a couple of F-22 raptors, I need a Ohio class Trident Missile boat (SSBN), a Zumwalt class boat, a couple of Posieden doomsday weapons, a few hypersonic missiles, a battery of S500 and Patriot missiles system.. I would expect all of this to be fully locked and loaded and ready to roll.

    Mailing address:

    Anywhere in Melbourne Australia..

    Thank you much appreciated!!!

  16. I personally am not worried about Russia’s subs. They’ve always neglected to keep them in working order. This sub will fall apart eventually lmao

  17. This is what Philippines need more advance than 636 worth to buy for? How much ! No problem phil. Have billions of dollars to buy these kind of sub.

  18. After listening to the video say Russian navy in trials the sub. failed tests and was canceled in building them. I think the title of the video should be changed to Russia has a lot  of head aches in making subs that will work right and will not catch fire and kill their own men. Simulated attacks can be made to say anything…….but my country did not become number one by being dumb.

  19. The navy's NEW SSN CLASS SUBS WILL TAKE CARE OF IT ….Non nuclear vs actual united states nuclear subs….i wonder who would win🤔🤔🤔

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