Beluga-class submarine

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Builder: United Admiralty Shipyard 196
Launched: 1986
Commissioned: 1988
Out of service: 1998
Struck: 2007
Fate: Stricken
General characteristics
Type: Submarine
  • 1,400-1,485 tons surfaced
  • 1,900 submerged
Length: 62.0–65.5 m (203 ft 5 in–214 ft 11 in)
Beam: 6.3–8.7 m (20 ft 8 in–28 ft 7 in)
Draught: 5.6–6.0 m (18 ft 4 in–19 ft 8 in)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
  • 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced
  • 22–24 knots (41–44 km/h) submerged

Project 1710 Макрель (NATO reporting name "Beluga") was a Russian SSA diesel-electric submarine. It was an experimental vessel used for testing propulsion systems, hull forms, and boundary-layer control techniques.

Development was undertaken by the Malakhit Design Bureau with construction at the Admiralty shipyard in St. Petersburg. [1]

The lone Beluga-class submarine in operation was S-553 Forel. Launched in 1986 and moth-balled around 1998, the last operation of the vessel is thought to have taken place in 1997. As of the mid-2000s, the entire project is believed to have been discontinued.


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