Beluga-class submarine

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Builder: United Admiralty Shipyard 196
Launched: 1986
Commissioned: 1988
Out of service: 1998
Struck: 2007
Fate: Stricken
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,400-1,485 tons surfaced, 1,900 submerged
Length: 62.0-65.5 meters long
Beam: 6.3-8.7 meters beam
Draught: 5.6-6.0 meters draft
Propulsion: diesel electric
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced, 22-24 knots submerged

Project 1710 Макрель (NATO reporting name "Beluga") was a Russian SSA diesel-electric submarine. It was an experimental vessel used for testing propulsion systems, hull forms, and boundary-layer control techniques.

Development was undertaken by the Malakhit Design Bureau with construction at the Admiralty shipyard in St. Petersburg. [1]

The lone Beluga class submarine in operation was the S-553 Forel. Launched in 1986 and moth-balled around 1998, the last operation of the vessel is thought to have taken place in 1997. As of the mid-2000s, the entire project is believed to have been discontinued.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beluga Class Submarine