Progression in technology is moving at the speed of sound, especially in warfare equipment and weapons. No longer nations like the U.S. and Russia dominate the national stage, as more and more countries are ambitious to advance their militaries and national defense systems. China, India and Iran are great examples of such countries that are successful in building their military thus far. An extremely important sector of any military is the navy, mostly due to our globe’s surface being nearly three-quarters of ocean waters. Most people think of the navy as war ships and aircraft carriers, and make the mistake of forgetting the most important weapon the navy has; and that is the Submarine. The Germans in WWI first used submarines and they called them U boats. U boats proved their effectiveness due to the huge advantage they gained on the enemies sneaking from under water. Today, I will introduce to you the fastest and most powerful submarine ever build.
It is the Soviet Submarine K-222 launched by the Soviet Union in the cold war era around 1968. According to Russia2all .com, “Soviet submarine K-162 was the only vessel of the Soviet Union’s Project 661 An-char nuclear-powered attack submarine design, best known in the West by its NATO reporting name Papa class. K-162, which was renamed K-222 in 1978.”
“The Papa class was designed as an extremely fast attack submarine equipped with anti-ship cruise missiles. Its design included ten SS-N-9 missiles in individual tubes forward of the sail, between the inner and outer hulls which were of titanium alloy. It is regarded as a predecessor to the Alfa class submarine, and the single submarine of the Papa class may have tested technologies, which were later used in the Alfa class.”
According to music.us, “K-222 was laid down on December 28, 1963, and commissioned on December 31, 1969, at Severodvinsk. It was assigned to the Soviet Northern Fleet for the duration of its career. It was the world’s fastest submarine, reaching a record speed of 44.7 knots (82.8 km/h) on trials. However, that speed came at the price of high costs during construction, and both excessive noise and significant damage to hull features when used.”
This magnificent and powerful weapon owned by the Soviet Union played a huge role in the cold-war propaganda here in the U.S. Americans really feared communism in the 1970s and 80’s and the American government had its eye on that submarine at all times. According to naval-technology.com, the U.S. navy had put together a class of powerful nuclear submarines to match the Russian fleet of K-222s. “The United States Navy has 51 nuclear powered Los Angeles Class submarines. The first was commissioned in 1976 and the latest of the class, the USS Cheyenne, was commissioned in 1996. Los Angeles Class submarines built since 1982 are equipped with a vertical launch missile system with twelve launch tubes. The submarine is fitted with a Raytheon CCS Mark 2 combat data system.”
The U.S. navy was able to catch up with the Russians, although the Los Angeles class of Submarines never did match the speed of the K-222, as its extreme top speed is only 30 knots.