posted on Feb, 4 2015 @ 02:31 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
Look at the englishrussia photo-tour of the laid-up Typhoon and you'll see that it's just a second bridge for surface ops in the kind of crappy
weather that you encounter a whole lot around Murmansk. American boats don't have them because even the weather off Portsmouth or Bangor, WA is like
Aruba compared to the Arctic sea.
Now looking at the Losharik class, it's obvious that the Soviets and later, the Russians, have had a strong, strong interest in long-endurance
"oceanographic research" of the sort that justifies investing billions of dollars into deep-diving nuclear "midget" submarines and their
boomer-derived motherships. I just wonder what the hell they're using them for.
Just look at what we were able to accomplish with only converted boats like the Halibut, the Seawolf, and the Parche (as well as what we're presumably
using the Jimmy Carter for), and imagine what we could do with purpose-built systems like the Russian Paltus, X-ray, Uniform, and Losharik classes and
their Echo, Yankee, and Delta-based motherships.
Whatever they've used them for has had to have paid off in a big, big way to justify their continuing investments in this highly unusual class of
edit on 4-2-2015 by Barnalby because: Grammar