Key to the Atlantic: how Russian nuclear submarines can break through to the shores of the United States

On the eve of the NATO camp, there was a big commotion. The Norwegian media, citing its special services, reported that for the first time since the end of the Cold War, Russian submarines conducted a large-scale operation to "break into the Atlantic." How should you relate to such information?




The plot of the case is as follows. Ten submarines of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy, nuclear and diesel-electric, are currently conducting exercises. The Nizhny Novgorod and Pskov nuclear submarines, for which the Barents Sea is small, decided to go down to the depths of the Norwegian Sea to test equipment and weapons. But then the RF Ministry of Defense, apparently, decided to expand the format of the exercises, which led to the loss by observers of several Russian submarines from sight. In any case, the Norwegians report the whereabouts of only four out of ten. Here is what the rest, in their opinion, do:

Ten submarines of the Russian Northern Fleet take part in the operation, the purpose of which is to go as far as possible into the waters of the North Atlantic without being detected. The purpose of the operation is to overcome the Faroe-Icelandic border of NATO and to demonstrate a threat to the east coast of the United States.


If this is so, then it is understandable why the “breakthrough into the Atlantic” of the Russians caused such a commotion. During the Cold War, NATO built a layered anti-submarine defense in the region: from Norway to Bear Island and from Greenland to the northern tip of Great Britain. Soviet, and now Russian submarines are being watched by underwater acoustic systems, anti-submarine ships and aircraft. In the event of a war between the USSR and NATO, in the Old World our Northern Fleet should not only pose a threat to the "American Heartland", but first of all start intercepting military convoys from the USA and Canada, which were supposed to help their European allies.

What is all this vaunted layered anti-submarine defense system worthwhile, showed in 1987 the operation "Atrin", brilliantly carried out by the Soviet command. In March of that year, five of our submarines reached the Barents Sea, where they were closely watched by NATO forces. Then the submarines disappeared somewhere, and were already found off the coast of the United States. After that, the submarines safely returned to base. Only one of them was discovered by the Americans on their way back.

The success was huge. It was possible to achieve it, thanks to the most modern devices for installing acoustic noise. The operation of the USSR Ministry of Defense showed that, if necessary, nuclear submarines with ballistic missiles can appear near the American east coast, from where the United States shoots perfectly. Clicking the nose of the Pentagon was then powerful.

If everything is correct, then the RF Ministry of Defense could slightly cool the belligerent ardor of its overseas colleagues. Who knows what specific equipment was tested on submarines? If it allows NATO to lose sight of six nuclear submarines at once, then it is not worth quarreling with such an adversary.
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  1. beeper Offline
    beeper 1 November 2019 15: 19
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    The states and NATO, wanting to keep their military secrets, clearly "play along" with Russian sailors and the "universal" media, creating the appearance of "panic" and the illusion of allegedly losing contact with the "Russian submarines" that have disappeared from sight!
    The potential enemy, with a high probability, has proven technologies for detecting (using satellites and PLO aircraft) the location of submarines in the wake of traces that inevitably arise on the water surface of the oceans!
    And this is fraught with their quick detection and destruction, in the first place - of Russian and Chinese APRKs, in the event of a US and NATO attack on Russia and China.
    So, too complacent about this supposedly “panic” and trusting demonstrative enemy “fears (“ ... just do not throw me in a thorn bush! ”- from an English folk tale about a rabbit)“ - no need!
  2. sgrabik Offline
    sgrabik (Sergei) 1 November 2019 15: 22
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    There is always a bolt with the right thread for any tricky nut.
  3. chemyurij Offline
    chemyurij (chemyurij) 2 November 2019 19: 25
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    Who knows what specific equipment was tested on submarines? If it allows NATO to lose sight of six nuclear submarines at once, then it is not worth quarreling with such an adversary.

    And something tells me that those four boats that they heard are what they were given to hear, otherwise there will be no limit to the chagrin of NATO, they will hysteria.
    1. marciz Offline
      marciz (Stas) 4 November 2019 15: 28
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      The USSR had such a similar plan.
      First come the old model of the submarine, creating noise and interference, followed by another class and age, and only then the newest and missile carriers.
      1. chemyurij Offline
        chemyurij (chemyurij) 4 November 2019 17: 38
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        Quote: marciz
        The USSR had such a similar plan.

        Well, yes, I read about it, and, probably, our sailors have more than one surprise for NATO.
  4. Vkd dvk Offline
    Vkd dvk (Victor) 2 November 2019 21: 06
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    Quote: pishchak
    The states and NATO, wanting to keep their military secrets, clearly "play along" with Russian sailors and the "universal" media, creating the appearance of "panic" and the illusion of allegedly losing contact with the "Russian submarines" that have disappeared from sight!
    The potential enemy, with a high probability, has proven technologies for detecting (using satellites and PLO aircraft) the location of submarines in the wake of traces that inevitably arise on the water surface of the oceans!
    And this is fraught with their quick detection and destruction, in the first place - of Russian and Chinese APRKs, in the event of a US and NATO attack on Russia and China.
    So, too complacent about this supposedly “panic” and trusting demonstrative enemy “fears (“ ... just do not throw me in a thorn bush! ”- from an English folk tale about a rabbit)“ - no need!

    It seems to me that the effectiveness of walking across three seas, by our General Staff, is not estimated by the enemy media.
    Only five months can rely on articles by writers exploring the World Ocean in an encyclopedia.
  5. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 6 November 2019 09: 55
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    On the eve of the NATO camp, there was a big commotion.

    “Does NATO itself know about this?”
    For this, submarines are needed to hide and train every way out to sea.
    Otherwise, what for they are for such strong money.