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Belgorod K-329 (Project 949A)


Nuclear-Powered Special Operations Submarine [ 2022 ]



Belgorod K-329 is in trials and set to be commissioned into service with the Russian Navy sometime in 2022.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/03/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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Belgorod (K-329) is a new Russian Navy nuclear-powered, nuclear-capable submarine belonging to the Project 949A "Antei" class (NATO codename of "Oscar II". The class includes Kursk which was lost in August 2000 with all hand aboard and features several hulls which have already been retired and/or scrapped (K-525, K-206, K-148, K-173). Belgorod followed Kursk in the construction line and marks possibly the last boat to be introduced in the series.

While her hull was originally laid down during July of 1992, the vessel was repurposed for the Special Operations role and reworked beginning in December 2012. She entered sea trials in June of 2021 and is expected to be commissioned during the middle of 2022, set to become part of a new series of strategic-level weapons announced by Russian leadership.

With this change, the boat does not include torpedo armament as her sisters do. Instead, she carries up to six "Poseidon" (NATO: "Kanyon") Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) which were known earlier to the Russians as "Status-6". The drones are nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed and autonomous by design with development undertaken by the Rubin Design Bureau. The system was unveiled as early as 2015 in official sources.

The vessel has a typically tubular hull design with a forward set sail of some length. The sail contains the bridge as well as necessary communications, periscopes, snorkels, and sensor masts. Dive planes are mounted at the hull as opposed to the sail and the tail fins are arranged in typical cross-pattern with an extended vertical surface plane. The propeller units extend some distance aft on the boat's hull.

Internally, there is a crew of 110 broken down into several operating teams. The boat can stay on station / patrol for up to 120 days depending on onboard food storage and supplies. With its twin pressurized nuclear reactors, the vessel has an essentially unlimited range making it an ideal strategic weapon / deterrent. The hull has been tested to 500 meters and submerged, ocean-going speeds reach an impressive 32 knots.

Dimensions include a hull length of 603.7 feet with a beam measuring 49.2 feet.

As of May 2022, the vessel homeports out of Severodvinsk, Russia and is undergoing sea trials.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Specifications



Service Year
2022

Origin
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Russia

Status
UNDERGOING TRIALS
In Testing, Trials.
Complement
110
PERSONNEL


Class
Project 949A Antei (Oscar II-class)
Number-in-Class
16
VESSELS
Ships-in-Class


Arkhangelsk (K-525); Murmansk (K-206); Krasnodar (K-148); Krasnoyarsk (K-173); Irkutsk (K-132); Voronezh (K-119); Smolensk (K-410); Chelyabinsk (K-442); Tver (K-456); Orel (K-266); Omsk (K-186); Tomsk (K-150); Kursk (K-141); Belgorod (K-329); Volgograd (K-135); Barnaul (K-160)


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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Submerged Attack
Traveling under the surface to search, track, and / or engage or reconnoiter areas.
Maritime Patrol
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
Fleet Support
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.




Length
603.7 ft
184.01 m
Beam
49.2 ft
15.00 m
Draught
29.5 ft
8.99 m
Displacement
17,635
tons
Disp.Submerged
29,765
tons


Installed Power: 2 x OK-650M.02 water-cooled nuclear reactors feeding 2 x Steam turbines developing 250,000 horsepower to 2 x Shafts astern.
Surface Speed
23.0 kts
(26.5 mph)
Submerged Speed
32.0 kts
(36.8 mph)
Range
Essentially Unlimited


kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers

1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
6 x Poseidon nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) drones.


Supported Types


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