Russian Navy K-266 Oryol guided missile submarine fires Granit anti-ship cruise missile

According to a news published by the Russian press agency TASS on October 13, 2020, the nuclear-powered guided missile submarine SSGN K-266 Oryol (Project 949A ‘Antey’ NATO reporting name Oscar-Class) struck a target with a Granit anti-ship cruise missile from its submerged position in the Barents Sea.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian Navy nuclear-powered guided missile submarine SSGN K-266 Oryol. (Picture source Wikimedia)

The missile fired by Russian Navy K-266 Oryol submarine was successful and the target was examined from the air by the crew of an Il-38 anti-submarine warfare plane of a separate composite air regiment of the Northern Fleet’s Air Force and Air Defense Army and the command noted high professionalism and naval skills of the crew of the nuclear-powered submarine Oryol.

The third-generation nuclear-powered guided missile (SSGN) submarine K-266 ‘Oryol’ (Project 949A ‘Antey’) was laid down on January 19, 1989, at the Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk in Russia’s northwest under factory No. 650. The sub was put on the list of the Soviet Navy’s warships on January 15, 1990. The sub was named Severodvinsk in 1991.

The Oryol submarine was floated out on May 22, 1992, and made operational on December 30 that year. The Russian Navy’s flag was raised on the vessel on January 20, 1993, and the sub was named Oryol in April 1993.

The Project 949A nuclear-powered submarine has a length of 155 meters, a displacement of 24,000 tons, a depth of submersion of 600 meters and an underwater speed of 32 knots.

The K-266 Oryol is armed with 24 Granit long-range anti-ship missiles. The missiles are located inside angled vertical tubes with 12 tubes at each side of the ship. They can be fired while the ship remains submerged minimizing the risk of detection by airborne assets and surface ships.

The P-700 Granit is a Soviet and Russian naval anti-ship cruise missile. Range estimates vary between 400 km to 500 km to 550–625 km. The guidance system is mixed-mode, with inertial guidance, terminal active radar homing guidance, and also anti-radar homing.

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