The second life of "Sharks": the largest submarines in the world can become tankers


President of United Shipbuilding Corporation JSC Alexey Rakhmanov said in an interview TASSthat the state company headed by him is ready to convert the largest submarines in the world into tankers, giving a second life to the nuclear submarine of Project 941 "Akula".


The head of the USC recalled that TK-17 "Arkhangelsk" and TK-20 "Severstal" due to lack of ammunition in 2004 and 2006 were withdrawn to the reserve, and later completely decommissioned from the Russian Navy. After 2020, their expensive disposal should begin.

He specified that these strategic nuclear submarines can be turned into submarines for transporting oil, various fuels and liquid cargo. Moreover, a project to create an underwater tanker based on the "Akula" exists. Moreover, Rakhmanov is glad that this idea has not died, it may turn out to be in demand and be implemented. At the same time, he noted that the creation of one such tanker will cost 80-90 billion rubles.

What difference does it make if you carry rockets or fuel? From the point of view of navigation safety, such a tanker is a good design. Under water, for example, a storm is not terrible

- he added.

Rakhmanov explained that the high cost of such a tanker is due to the fact that only 30% of the structural elements will be borrowed from the Sharks. The design bureau of the state company has already carried out the corresponding calculations.

Economy this project turns out, as they say, "on a thin"

- he admitted.

We remind you that Project 941 nuclear submarines are officially recognized as the largest in the world, they are even listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Displacement "Sharks" is about 50 thousand tons, length - 172 meters, width - 23 meters. In 2019, the Navy came up with the idea not to dispose of these submarines, but to make cruise missile carriers out of them. According to experts, each such submarine will be capable of carrying about 200 such missiles.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 23 August 2020 22: 05
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    How important it is when there is a decline in sales. How much money can be laundered.
    1. Kuzmich Sibiryakov (Kuzmich Sibiryakov) 24 August 2020 17: 54
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      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      How important it is when there is a decline in sales. How much money can be laundered.

      Who is talking about what ...
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  2. Better to let the rockets carry.
  3. Dima Dima_2 Offline
    Dima Dima_2 (Dima Dima) 23 August 2020 23: 23
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    Expensive, however) Well, if Rosneft pays, then let them do it)
    1. Kuzmich Sibiryakov (Kuzmich Sibiryakov) 24 August 2020 18: 03
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      Quote: Dima Dima_2
      Expensive, however) Well, if Rosneft pays, then let them do it)

      Rosneft is a state-owned company. She cannot take money from anywhere except the budget. Are you ready to give your hard-earned money to the madness of the bureaucrats?
      1. Dima Dima_2 Offline
        Dima Dima_2 (Dima Dima) 24 August 2020 18: 18
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        Come on, do they give oil for free?) Rosneft is the budget donor ...
        1. Kuzmich Sibiryakov (Kuzmich Sibiryakov) 24 August 2020 18: 20
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          Quote: Dima Dima_2
          Come on, do they give oil for free?) Rosneft is the budget donor ...

          Right. And instead of doing the work they are paid for, they will erect crystal palaces in the form of incredibly expensive underwater tankers? Isn't it time for them to attend to the effectiveness of what they are doing?
          And Sharks, who do not have weapons, since there is no such opportunity to make these weapons for them, to remake them for something that already flies and explodes well. On landfills and in Syria.
  4. Artyom Andryukov (Artyom Andryukov) 24 August 2020 06: 12
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    What ports will they transport to? The lighter carrier "Sevmorput" is not allowed into the European ones, because voluntarily do not want to have Chernobyl close by ...
  5. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 24 August 2020 10: 39
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    Let these Sharks go even on the surface around Cuba in territorial waters with constant calling and docking in ports, like floating missile bases. The treaty is not violated, there are no missile bases on Cuban soil ... So you can walk around even without secrecy - it will symbolically put pressure on the Americans' nerves.
  6. orange Offline
    orange (ororpore) 24 August 2020 13: 57
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    Displacement 50 thousand. This is not quite what I thought. This is not an opportunity to load 50 thousand tons of hydrocarbons, this is the volume of water displaced by the body. In reality, if you release the filling of the nuclear submarine for tanks, then if you're lucky, you can hypothetically pump no more than 8-10 thousand tons. $ 1 billion for re-equipment and in return for 10 thousand tons of useful fluid? For civilian purposes, no one wants to buy such a tanker. For military purposes? Perhaps, and then only in case of war!
    It is more expedient, in my opinion, to convert the Typhoon into an underwater aircraft carrier, it will be the first in the world!
    1. Kuzmich Sibiryakov (Kuzmich Sibiryakov) 24 August 2020 21: 56
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      Quote: orange
      Displacement 50 thousand. This is not quite what I thought. This is the impossibility of loading 50 thousand tons of hydrocarbons, this is the volume of water displaced by the body. In reality, if you release the filling of the nuclear submarine for tanks, then if you are lucky, you can hypothetically pump no more than 8-10 thousand tons. $ 1 billion for re-equipment and in return for 10 thousand tons of useful fluid? For civilian purposes, no one wants to buy such a tanker. For military purposes? Perhaps, and then only in case of war!
      It is more expedient, in my opinion, to convert the Typhoon into an underwater aircraft carrier, it will be the first in the world!

      That's it. 50 thousand garbage, will sink the boat irrevocably.
  7. Kuzmich Sibiryakov (Kuzmich Sibiryakov) 24 August 2020 17: 58
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    Manilovshchina. Since the restructuring will affect everything except the hull and the reactor compartment, wouldn't it be better to drive the loot into a rocket system with two or three hundred calibers?
  8. Alexzn Online
    Alexzn (Alexander) 25 August 2020 09: 32
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    It is better to make starships from them at once!
  9. antibi0tikk Offline
    antibi0tikk (Sergei) 25 August 2020 09: 57
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    Moreover, Rakhmanov is glad that this idea has not died, it may turn out to be in demand and be implemented. At the same time, he noted that the creation of one such tanker will cost 80-90 billion rubles.

    For such speeches, a cue on your shoulders!
    The corruption component is very clear!
  10. bear040 Offline
    bear040 25 August 2020 19: 31
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    It would be more useful to convert these nuclear submarines into cruise missile carriers.