Vladimir Monomakh (K-551) History

K-551 Vladimir Monomakh is a Russian ballistic missile submarine of the fourth generation Borei class (Project 955) that became operational in 2015. It is named after Vladimir II Monomakh (1053–1125), the Grand Duke of Kievan Rus'.

The project was developed by the Rubin Design Bureau, and the chief designer was Sergei Nikitich Kovalev. The keel was laid down on 19 March 2006 at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk. The hull of the Akula-class submarine K-480 Ak Bars was used in the construction of Vladimir Monomakh. The submarine will be armed with 16 of the newest submarine-launched ballistic missile developed in Russia, the Bulava (NATO designation SS-N-32). Vladimir Monomakh and its sister ships will replace the Delta III and IV classes in the Russian Navy. The submarine was launched on 30 December 2012 and had begun moored tests in January 2013.

The submarine finished its first sea trials on 8 October 2013 when returning from a 25-day trial at sea. On 9 September 2014 a Bulava missile was launched from the submarine.

Vladimir Monomakh entered service on 19 December 2014. It arrived to its permanent base in the Pacific Fleet on 26 September 2016.

Vladimir Monomakh (K-551) Specification

BASICS

Service Year

2014

Origin

Russia

Complement

130

PERSONNEL

CLASS INFORMATION

Class

Borei-class

Number-in-Class

10

VESSELS

Ships-in-Class

Yuri Dolgoruky (K-535); Alexander Nevskiy (K-550); Vladimir Monomakh (K-551); Knyaz Vladimir (); Knyaz Oleg (); General Suvorov (); Unnamed Vessel #7; Unnamed Vessel #8; Unnamed Vessel #9; Unnamed Vessel #10

OPERATORS

Russia

ROLES

Submerged Attack

Traveling under the surface to search, track, and / or engage or reconnoiter areas.

Maritime Patrol

Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.

Fleet Support

Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS

Length

557. 8 ft

170. 02 m

Beam

44. 2 ft

13. 47 m

Draught

32. 9 ft

10. 03 m

Displacement

14,720

tons

Disp. Submerged

24,000

tons

POWER & PERFORMANCE

Installed Power:

1 x OK-650B nuclear reactor with 1 x AEU steam turbine driving 1 x shaft.

Surface Speed

25. 0 kts

(28. 8 mph)

Submerged Speed

30. 0 kts

(34. 5 mph)

Range

Essentially Unlimited

kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers1 kts = 1. 15 mph | 1 nm = 1. 15 mi | 1 nm = 1. 85 km

ARMAMENT

16 x Bulava Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs)6 x SS-N-15 cruise missiles6 x 533mm (21") torpedo tubes

AIRCRAFT

None.

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