negotiating for two more Project 636 Kilo SSK Submarine
According to russian media ITAR-TASS, citing a source, Algeria is negotiating
the order of two Project 636 Kilo class submarines in the first half
of this year, for delivery by 2018. The submarines will be constructed
at the Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg where similar submarines
are currently being built for the Russian navy.
A Project 636 heavy diesel-electric submarine.
Vietnam has acquired two submarine of this class from Russia.
Algerian Navy already operates four diesel electric
Two older generation Project 877EKM Kilo delivered in 1987 and 1988
and two new generation Project
636 Improved Kilo class (also known in Russia as Varshavyanka
class) from a recent deal and delivered in 2010.
If it goes through, this new deal will make Algeria one of the strongest
submarine force on the African continent and in the MENA region.
According to Rosoboronexport, Project 636 proved highly effective while
operated by naval forces of several countries.
Unparalleled in her technical and operational specifications, the
ship is designed to conduct effective anti-sub warfare along with
the capability to engage surface ships and coastal targets of potential
adversary striking operations both independently or as part of a larger
task force. Increased output of the main propulsion plant allowed
to enhance significantly her submerged speed alongside with endurance
range up to 7500 miles. Furthermore, she is one of the world’s
quietest diesel-electric submarines providing guaranteed early enemy
detection and long-range attack as well as evasive maneuverability
Outstanding fighting efficiency of the project 636 submarine is supported
by the Club-S missile system, intended for engaging all types of surface,
submerged and coastal targets with unrivalled 3M-54E cruise missiles
in the background of active electronic and firing counter effort.
Capable of striking targets 275 km away, the system considerably strengthens
combat stability of the DE submarine when facing enemy countermeasures.
Wide use of the Club-S cruise missile system may result in drastic
change of the entire sea battle nature in favor of the owner.