Victor Class

Overview

Victor Class

Nationality: Soviet Union

The Victor I Class were part of the second generation of Soviet nuclear powered submarines. The first Victor I submarine appeared in 1967 and the sixteenth was completed in 1974. All the boats were built in shipyards at Leningrad (St Peterburg). This class benefited from a more streamlined design and were amongst the fastest underwater vessels in any world navy.

A follow on design, Victor II Class began to appear from 1972 onwards and a total of seven of these were completed.

However it was the Victor III Class which was most important, in terms of both numbers and capabilities. The first was built in Leningrad in the mid 1970s. In 1978 the Komsomolsk yards in the Far East joined the production programme. In the end 26 examples were built between 1978 and 1992. The vessels had major improvements in quietening the boats and they were also fitted with far more effective sensors. It is considered that many of these improvements are as a result of the infamous Walker spy ring in the United States. The US Navy at one time dubbed these boats the Walker Class.


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