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The upgraded Project 971 Leopard multipurpose nuclear submarine will return to the combat strength of the Northern Fleet after passing tests


Withdrawal of the nuclear submarine "Leopard" from the boathouse. December 2020

Testing of the modernized project 971 nuclear submarine Leopard is planned for the next year, 2022. After passing all the necessary tests, the submarine will return to the combat composition of the "Animal Division" of the Northern fleet.

The project 971 multipurpose nuclear submarine Leopard, which has undergone repair and modernization, will be tested in 2022, said Sergei Marichev, general director of the Zvezdochka Center for Strategic Research, answering a related question. But he did not name a specific date. There is also no exact information about the beginning of tests of the submarine at a source in the defense industry, the words of which are quoted TASS... The source confirmed the plans to withdraw the nuclear submarine for testing next year and added that the arsenal of means of destruction of the submarine in quantitative terms will remain the same - 40 missiles and torpedoes, but it includes the KR "Caliber".

The multipurpose nuclear submarine K-328 "Leopard" was laid down at Sevmash on October 26, 1988, launched on June 28, 1992, and entered the fleet on February 5, 1993. She arrived at Zvezdochka at the end of June 2011. In May 2012, the ship was placed in a boathouse and equipment dismantling began on it. In 2014, it was reported about plans to complete work on the submarine in 2015, but the work initially went behind schedule due to a delay in documentation from the designer of the SPMBM Malachite.

On December 25, 2020, the submarine was taken out of the boathouse and launched. According to the Ministry of Defense, the boat underwent medium repairs with deep modernization. In the course of work on the submarine, the replacement of electronic weapons, control systems, communications, navigation, hydroacoustics, BIUS was carried out. The submarine received new weapons (KR "Caliber"), and the acoustic signature was also reduced.

The nuclear submarine Leopard is part of the 24th Animal Division of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy, together with the nuclear submarines Tiger, Vepr, Panther, Wolf, and Gepard.
Photos used:
CSR "Zvezdochka"

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  1. Pavel episkop
    Pavel episkop 9 December 2021 13: 42
    The difficult fate of the boat .. Considering how long the modernization process lasted, they could have lost, but it's good that they gave continuation of life and service!
    1. Kesha1980
      Kesha1980 9 December 2021 13: 47
      10 years in the boathouse. So you can even curse. More than half the service life of most submarine officers. From lieutenant to cap3 you will have time to grow "on the shore".
      1. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer 13 December 2021 19: 31
        On "Motor Sich" - military representatives pilots - grew from lieutenant to lieutenant colonel))) the current chief military representative began as a lieutenant, now underground, but he can get a regiment without leaving the territory of the plant))))
        1. Kesha1980
          Kesha1980 13 December 2021 19: 52
          Land pilot, land submarine).
          But the difference in vacations for the active submarine makes it possible to wish for a real, real combat service.
    2. Nemchinov Vl
      Nemchinov Vl 9 December 2021 20: 21
      how interesting is the SSNS (including 971s now) on the move and capable of carrying BS ...? !!!
  2. grassyknollgunner
    grassyknollgunner 12 December 2021 06: 24
    If all 971 and 1155 were rearmed with Caliber and Onyx, this would be the Fleet ...
  3. Glagol1
    Glagol1 12 December 2021 19: 19
    Probably good habitability, the boat is large, and the crew is 70 people in total ...
    1. TermNachTer
      TermNachTer 13 December 2021 19: 34
      High degree of automation. Large body sizes for other reasons.