Victor-class submarine

The Victor class, Soviet designations Project 671 Yorsh, Project 671RT Syomga and Project 671RTM/RTMK Shchuka, (NATO reporting names Victor I, Victor II and Victor III, respectively), are series of nuclear-powered attack submarines built in the Soviet Union and operated by the Soviet Navy. Since the 1960s, 48 units were built in total, of which the last remaining are currently in service with the Russian Navy. The Victor-class submarines featured a teardrop shape, allowing them to travel at high speed. These vessels were primarily designed to protect Soviet surface fleets and to attack American ballistic missile submarines. Project 671 began in 1959 with the design task assigned to SKB-143 (one of the predecessors of the Malakhit Marine Engineering Bureau).

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A Victor I-class submarine underway.
Class overview
NameVictor class
BuildersSudomekh Shipyard
Preceded byNovember class
Succeeded byAlfa class, Akula class
In commission1967–present
General characteristics
TypeNuclear attack submarine
  • 4,950 tons light surfaced
  • 6,990 tons normal surfaced
  • 7,250 tons submerged
Length93–102 m (305 ft 1 in – 334 ft 8 in)
Beam10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Draft7 m (23 ft 0 in)
PropulsionOne VM-4P pressurized-water twin nuclear reactor (2x75 MW), 2 sets OK-300 steam turbines; 1 7-bladed or 2 4-bladed props; 31,000 shp (23,000 kW) at 290 shaft rpm – 2 low-speed electric cruise motors; 2 small props on stern planes; 1,020 shp (760 kW) at 500 rpm Electric: 4,460 kw tot. (2 × 2,000-kw, 380-V, 50-Hz a.c. OK-2 turbogenerators, 1 × 460-kw diesel emergency set)[verification needed]
Speed32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Endurance80 days
ComplementAbout 100 (27 officers, 34 warrant officers, 35 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems
  • Radar: 1 MRK-50 Albatros-series (Snoop Tray-2) navigation/search
  • Sonar: MGK-503 Skat-KS (Shark Gill) suite: LF active/passive; passive flank array; Barrakuda towed passive linear
  • array (Victor III only); MT-70 active ice avoidance
  • EW: MRP-10 Zaliv-P/Buleva (Brick Pulp) intercept; Park Lamp direction-finder


Project 671 Yorsh (Victor I)Edit

Project 671

Soviet designation Project 671 Yorsh (ruffe)—was the initial type that entered service in 1967; 16 were produced.[2] Each had six torpedo tubes for launching Type 53 torpedoes and SS-N-15 anti-submarine missiles and mines could also be released. Subs had a capacity of 24 tube-launched weapons or 48 mines (or a combination). They were 92.5 m (303 ft) long. All disposed.[3]

Project 671RT Syomga (Victor II)Edit

Project 671RT

Soviet designation Project 671RT Syomga (atlantic salmon)—entered service in 1972; seven were produced in the 1970s.[2] These were originally designated Uniform class by NATO. They had similar armament to the Victor I class and were the first Soviet submarines to introduce raft mounting for acoustic quieting.[4] Production was truncated due to a decision to develop the improved Victor III class.[4] They were 101.8 m (334 ft) long. All disposed.[5]

Project 671RTM/RTMK Shchuka (Victor III)Edit

Project 671RTM

Soviet designation Project 671RTM/RTMK Shchuka (pike)—entered service in 1979; 25 were produced until 1991.[2] Quieter than previous Soviet submarines, these ships had four tubes for launching SS-N-21 or SS-N-15 missiles and Type 53 torpedoes, plus another two tubes for launching SS-N-16 missiles and Type 65 torpedoes. 24 tube-launched weapons or 36 mines could be on board. The Victor III class caused a minor furor in NATO intelligence agencies at its introduction because of the distinctive pod on the vertical stern-plane. Speculation immediately mounted that the pod was the housing for some sort of exotic silent propulsion system, possibly a magnetohydrodynamic drive unit. Another theory proposed that it was some sort of weapon system.[citation needed] In the end, the pod was identified as a hydrodynamic housing for a reelable towed passive sonar array;[6] the system was subsequently incorporated into the Sierra and Akula-class SSNs. In October 1983 the towed array of K-324, a Victor III operating west of Bermuda, became tangled with the towed array of US frigate USS McCloy. K-324 was forced to surface, allowing NATO forces to photograph the pod in its deployed state. The Victor-III class was continuously improved during construction and late production models have a superior acoustic performance.[7] They were 106 m (348 ft) long. 21 disposed.[8]


Last active units
# Name Project Laid down Launched Commissioned Fleet Status Notes
B-138 Obninsk 671RTMK 7 December 1988 5 August 1989 30 December 1990 Northern Fleet Active Overhaul completed in 2014 and 2016.[9]
B-414 Daniil Moskovskiy 671RTMK 1 December 1989 31 August 1990 30 December 1990 Northern Fleet Active as of 2017[10] Reported to be scrapped by end of 2021;[11] Shown at dockside in January 2022.[12]
B-448 Tambov 671RTMK 31 January 1991 17 October 1991 24 September 1992 Northern Fleet Active[13] In refit (2020); reported to return to fleet in 2021[14]
A Victor III-class submarine on the surface.


In mediaEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Includes all three Victor classes.
  2. ^ a b c Polmar, Norman; Noot, Jurrien (1991). Submarines of the Russian and Soviet Navies 1718-1990. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-0-87021-570-4.
  3. ^ "Проект 671 "Ёрш" (NATO – "Victor I")" [Project 671 "Ërsh"]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Polmar, Norman (2003). Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines, 1945-2001. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, Inc. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-57488-594-1.
  5. ^ "Проект 671РТ "Сёмга" (NATO – "Victor II")" [Project 671RT "Somga"]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  6. ^ Genys, Andrius. "Victor III class". Archived from the original on 17 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Run Silent, Run Deep". Archived from the original on 5 February 2006. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Проект 671РТМ и 671РТМК "Щука" (NATO – "Victor-III")" [Project 671RTM and 671RTMK "Shchuka"]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  9. ^ "К-138, Б-138, "Обнинск" проект 671РТМК" [K-138, B-138, "Obninsk" project 671RTMK]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 15 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  10. ^ "К-414, Б-414, "Святой Даниил Московский" проект 671РТМК" [K-414, B-414, "Svyatoy Daniil Moskovskiy" project 671RTMK]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 15 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Russia: Four submarines and two cruisers to be scrapped by 2021". 18 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Barracuda & Condor Projects / Titanium nuclear-powered attack submarines / Sierra I & Sierra II". YouTube.
  13. ^ "К-448, Б-448, "Тамбов" проект 671РТМК" [K-448, B-448, "Tambov" project 671RTMK]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 15 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  14. ^ Nilsen, Thomas (5 October 2020). "Old nuclear sub gets new life at Nerpa shipyard". Barents Observer.
  15. ^ Reed, W. Craig (2010). Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War. New York City: William Morrow and Company. ISBN 978-0-06180-676-6.
  16. ^ "Fire aboard Russian nuclear submarine kills 2 crew members". The China Post. 7 September 2006. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  17. ^ "Northern Fleet accidents and incidents". Bellona Foundation. Archived from the original on 23 August 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2006.

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