Kilo Class

Overview

Kilo Class

Nationality: Soviet Union

The Kilo Class were designed in the 1970s as a multi-role vessel providing defence of coastal installations, sea lanes and provide patrol capabilities. To many western observers this was only a development of the Tango Class. The Kilo Class is considered to be to be one of the quietest diesel submarines in the world. Construction took place both in the Far East as well as western Russian shipyards. Some 24 Kilo Class boats were built for the Soviet Navy between 1979 and 1982; they were built in four slightly differing versions.

Exports took place to Algeria (2), China (4), India (10) Iran (3) Poland (1) and Romania (1)

Kilo Class submarines operated with all four Soviet Fleets – Northern, Far Eastern, Baltic and Black Sea.

The Kilo Class were relatively high maintenance vessels and the Soviet Navy had begun the retirement of some of these boats before the end of the Cold War. Nine remained in service at the end of the 20th Century.


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