Russian Naval Drills Demonstrate New Submarine Drone with Extraordinary Capabilities

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Published on: Nov 3, 2018 @ 14:36 – The Russian Pacific Fleet’s diesel submarines, currently maneuvering, simulated a battle in the Gulf of Peter the Great, Japan’s largest gulf, adjacent to the Russian coast of the Primorie region.

Information on the training was released by the head of the Pacific Fleet Information Department, Nikolai Voskresensky.

“In the military preparation plans … one of the submarines entered a determined area in a stealthy way, detected an ‘enemy’ submarine and then, occupying an advantageous position, simulated a torpedo attack after a diversion to take the offensive position,” he said.

At the same time, the crews trained how to get rid of a pursuit by an “opposing ship”, and also practiced creating interference and false targets.

It is noteworthy that the support to the naval maneuvers was carried out by the rescue ship Igor Belousov.

The Pacific Fleet is part of the Russian Navy and controls the Pacific Ocean areas. Its main base is located in Vladivostok.

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Meanwhile, the Russian project office Lazurit has begun developing an unmanned submarine for long-term missions that will sail in the waters of the North Sea Route, the deputy director general of the Advanced Investigation Foundation, Igor Denisov, said.

The project’s design director for the entity, Viktor Litvinenko, for his part, told some details about the development of the sea drone.

The goal of the project’s engineers is to provide the air-independent, economical and environmentally-friendly anaerobic propulsion device, rather than a nuclear engine, that will allow the vehicle to travel very long distances.

The drone is designed to ensure safe navigation on the North Sea Route and will conduct maritime seismic survey missions.

The unmanned submarine was nicknamed Sarma and already has a model with payload. The builder plans to build three more drone demonstrations by 2020 and then take the vehicle to Black Sea testing. It is planned that in 2022-2023 the vehicle will travel the entire North Sea Route, surpassing 10 thousand kilometers under the ice.

“It is a very complex project, and it is necessary to travel without such a long distance, without emerging, without communication with space satellites and with the external world, using its own navigation system, and for the exploration of the ocean in general,” Litvinenko commented.

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