The commander of the 31st submarine division of the Northern Fleet (SF) of the Russian Navy, Rear Admiral Stepan Kelbas, in an interview with Izvestia, described the actions of the crew of the strategic nuclear submarines (NPS) of projects 955 Borey and 955A Borey- A “when meeting with a potential enemy (for example, submarines of the US Navy).
The military, talking about the Arctic missions, noted that the main task of the crew is to prevent the enemy from detecting a submarine with 16 ballistic missiles on it.
“Even if there is contact with the enemy's submarine, we must restore stealth as soon as possible, using every opportunity: dodge questionable areas, hide wherever possible, use hummocking, the biological noises of living creatures living in the polynyas. Up to the point that the ship can swim up, press against the edge of thick ice and freeze. In this position, the boat is almost impossible to detect, despite the fact that it retains the ability to receive signals from combat control, “- said the rear admiral.
Kelbas recalled that “maneuvers under the ice increase the secrecy of submarine operations,” since in such conditions the capabilities of surface ships and aircraft are limited. “By and large, in such areas, only multipurpose submarines can oppose missile submarines,” the military said.
The most difficult maneuver in the Arctic Kelbas called “submersion of the boat in the ice.” “The ship takes on a large negative buoyancy and moves downward at a speed greater than that of an elevator. Our task is to quickly dive to a depth of about 100 meters and give maximum speed. In this case, the force of inertia must be taken into account, ”the Rear Admiral noted.
The military recalled that “the maximum thickness of the ice through which the boat can pass is one and a half meters.”
In December 2020, the Project 955 Borey K-551 strategic submarine missile cruiser Vladimir Monomakh fired four R-30 Bulava-30 ballistic missiles for the first time. At the same time, the American magazine Popular Mechanics wrote that the salvo launch of four R-30 Bulava-30 at once, produced by the K-551 Vladimir Monomakh of the Russian Navy, looks like a “preview of the end of civilization.”