I'm not referring to the online Russian leak, I was commenting on the validity of the online forum guesses as to what kind of technology is
I see. Since you still refuse to read the article in question, what is “anaerobic engine”, why is it a very good idea, and which online forum you
keep referring to?
Guesses which as far as I can tell are unsupported, however you seem all too ready to accept them.
What exactly can you tell? What guesses? Project 212A? Further development of VAU-6 maybe? I’m not following you here.
I’m sorry WestPoint23, it’s obvious that we are not on the same page here.
If you care to take the time to read the article in full, then I’m sure will be talking about the same thing here, because as of now, we’re
obviously talking about different things.
The concept sounds a bit retarded first off. Diesel submarines are small and cheap but due to their propulsion are short-ranged thus limiting
them to more defensive roles closer to home.
Hi danwild6, I also recommend that you read the article. It clearly explains the advantages of anaerobic engine configurations. It’s all in the
Nuclear subs are larger and more expensive, both to build and maintain, but can operate for extended periods of time at sea and independent of
any external support thus making ideal for the long range strategic role.
All true, but again, as stated in the article, not all subs are built for long range strategic roles, and it’s not the type of the new sub that we
are discussing here.
It is possible that the new sub is a test bed for a new, mini-reactor.
A second theory is that the submarine would test a new nuclear reactor. That possibility was first mentioned in February of this year in an issue
of Nizhegorodoskaya delovaya gazeta (Nizhny Novgorod Business Newspaper) dedicated to the anniversary of the Afrikantov Experimental Heavy Equipment
Design Bureau, the leading developer of nuclear reactors for submarines. It says in an article that the bureau last year “developed a project for
the new atomic submarine Kalitka, on which a principally new steam generating system, the Phoenix KTP-7I, is being installed.” It is possible that
the mysterious Project 20120 is connected with the equally mysterious Kalitka project.
It’s all clearly PRINTED, so please READ FIRST, speculate LATER.
Trying to combine the two by putting a nuclear reactor on what otherwise would be a diesel submarine may seems like a logical move to develop
a versatile all-purpose warship relatively cheaply
That’s what I was thinking, I do agree with you there. More and more countries are actively persuing smaller, more versatile subs. German exports
have proved that.
(Russia still spends only a fraction of the money on defense that the USSR did during he cold war).
How do you know that? Russian defense budget has always been classified, as clearly shown in CIA fact book.
The only data available is Russian arms export and annual increases in MIC output.
On that note, please let’s leave all kinds of speculation out of this, and talk about the topic at hand.
Does this new sub project display a fundamental change in Russian naval doctrine, or is it an effort to create an affordable export sub for the
aspiring regional powers?
Russians obviously did away with massive Typhoon class and producing much smaller, stealthier and faster subs, could this sub be one of them?