The Sub That Took Russia 20 Years to Build Is Finally Ready
After more than two decades in development,
is the first of Russia's Yasen-class nuclear attack
According to Russian state media , the Severodvinsk features "a large spherical sonar system, which occupies its entire bow" and provides a wider and more detailed view than what conventional cylindrical systems can produce. The nearly 400 foot long submarine is also reportedly armed with 533mm torpedoes, eight vertical launch tubes loaded with the supersonic Onyx and Kaliber cruise missiles, and potentially a 9K anti-air missile (an advanced surface to air missile) which would give this sub the ability to surface, shoot down an overhead aircraft, then duck safely under the waves again before a carrier fleet ever knew what hit it.
Luckily, the US already has 21 Virginia-class submarines actively serving, and another seven in the development pipeline. So while a Yasen-class sub could conceivably go toe-to-toe with a Virginia-class sub, the Russian Navy is still severely gunned. [ RT via PopSci ]