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Shchuka B-class [NATO name 'Akula'] Statistics
DIMENSIONS: 110.23 m by 13.6 m by 13.78 m
WEIGHT: 8,632 tons surfaced, 12,770 tons submerged.
POWER PLANT: 1 OK-650B pressurized water reactor, 190 Mw; 1 Type GT3A steam turbine. The Shchuka B can maintain a surface speed of 11.2 knots and a submerged speed of 33.3 knots.
HULL SYSTEMS: The Shchuka B-class [NATO name 'Akula'] submarine has a double-hulled configuration, consisting of a pressure hull and an outer hull. There are seven watertight compartments within the pressure hull. Maximum operational diving depth is 600 m.
WEAPONS: The Shchuka B is an attack submarine (SSN), but it is capable of carrying nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. Submarines of this class have four 650 mm torpedo tubes and four 533 mm torpedo tubes (the most recent versions of the Shchuka B have six tubes.) The 650 mm tubes can be fitted with liners to allow additional launch capability for 553 mm munitions. A submarine can carry up to 40 weapons.
 S.S. Berezhnoy, Atomnyye podvodnyye lodki VMF SSSR i Rossii, (Moscow: Naval kollektsiya, 2001), p. 32.
 "Project 971 Shchuka B Akula Class Attack Submarine (Nuclear Powered)," FAS Web Site, http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/row/rus/971.htm.
 "PLAT - Proekt 971 'Shchuka B'," Rossiyskiy podvodnyy flot Web Site, http://www.submarine.id.ru/sub.php?971.
 "SSN Akula Class (Bars Type 971) Attack Submarine, Russia," Naval Technology Web Site, http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/akula/index.html.
 "Type 971 'Akula' Class," A Brief Guide to the Russian Navy Web Site, http://www.aeronautics.ru/archive/fleet/russian/971.htm.
 "SS-N-16 Stallion," FAS Web Site, http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/missile/row/ss-n-16.htm.
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