The latest diesel-electric submarine “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” is going through the factory sea trials. The submarine left the berth of the “Admiralty Shipyards” in St. Petersburg and headed for the Baltic Sea on August 16.
A series of ship systems, including communications and sonar, will be tested during the tests. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the first in a series of six submarines of the Varshavyanka project for the Pacific Fleet. These submarines belong to the third generation, have a displacement of 3.95 thousand tons, underwater speed – 20 knots, a depth of immersion of 300 meters and a crew of 52 people. They are equipped with the latest navigation system, a modern automated information management system, high-precision missile weapons, and powerful torpedo weapons. The submarines of this project are able to detect a target at a distance three to four times higher than the one at which the enemy can spot them. NATO officials called the “Varshavyanka” a “black hole” because of the difficulty of finding it.