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Kursk Stats

The Kursk is a Russian Project 949A Antey-class [NATO Name "Oscar II"] nuclear-powered guided missile submarine (SSGN).

DIMENSIONS: 154m by 18.2m (20.1 over stern planes) by 9.2m.

WEIGHT: 14,700 tons surfaced, 19,400 tons submerged.

POWER PLANT: 2 OK-650B  pressurized water reactors, 190 Mw each; 2 sets Type OK-9 steam turbines

HULL SYSTEMS: The Kursk is a double-hulled submarine, with 3.5m between the two hulls.  Maximum operational divind depth is 600m.  There are 10 watertight compartments within the pressure hull.  Crew amenities reportedly include a gymnasium, solarium, swimming pool, and sauna.

CRUISE MISSILES 24 P700 Granit (SS-N-19, NATO Name "Shipwreck") antiship cruise missiles The Granit has a 750kg high explosive warhead.  It is 10m long, 0.85m in diameter, and weighs 3,250kg. Granit missiles have a range of 550km. The missile is launched by solid fuel booster, which is jettisoned, and then cruises at an altitude of over 20km, followed by a terminal dive onto the target.
TORPEDOS 28 Type 86R and/or Type 88R (SS-N-16, NATO Name  "Stallion") antisubmarine missiles and/or torpedos.

Kursk has eight torpedo tubes in the bow:  four 533mm torpedo tubes and four 650mm torpedo tubes.  The Type 45 lightweight torpedo Veder and Type 88R (SS-N-16, NATO Name  "Stallion") antisubmarine missiles are fired from the 650mm tubes. 

The Veder torpedo has a 100kg payload, yield unknown.  It can be launched by Type 88R (SS-N-16) missiles, which are 6.7m long, 0.53m in diameter, and weigh 1,850kg. Type 88Rs have a range of 50km. The missile is launched from a 650mm torpedo tube and flies to its target using a solid-fuel booster. It then jettisons the booster and the torpedo deploys a parachute, dropping into the sea and seeking its target with a preprogrammed search pattern.
The Type 45 lightweight torpedo itself has a range of 15km at 30 knots speed.


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