Russia has formally begun working on their latest submarine, Project 545 Laika, or Husky class. The name Laika is derived from the common name for various types of dog hunters or dog packets in Russia, somewhat similar to the Husky type. The class was “revealed” during the Russian television broadcasts, where in the background the screen was seen there were several new military projects.
The Husky class seems to be somewhat similar to the Akula submarine class, especially the Husky-class screen which is quite simple, although somewhat longer than the Akula. According to the Russian government’s TASS news agency, the Husky class will “feature a modular configuration and a single integrated combat control system with artificial intelligence,” although there is no detail as to what this really means. Possible high-level automation.
Although it can sail longer, Laika will still have space in the stomach to launch ballistic missiles. TASS cited a resource from the Malakhit Naval Engineering Bureau headquartered in St. Petersburg, where Laika was designed, which said “Tsirkon’s hypersonic missile will be one of its weapons.”
The Tsirkon missile (sometimes written as Zircon or Zirkon), launched from submarines, has been tried recently. Although the details available regarding the Tsirkon missile are still slight, the missile is believed to be capable of flying at a hypersonic speed of Mach 6 or faster, and its range is more than a thousand kilometers, or more than six hundred miles.
According to The illustrations reported by The National Interest, Husky classes will probably have four missile tubes, each of which can accommodate four missiles. These classes may be able to make combinations of ground attacks and anti-ship missiles. In addition, this class may also have a close-range surface-to-air missile system.
These class-owned sonar bows will offer a wide range of eyesight. Combined with sonar wings and Sonar series, the Husky class will have good underwater visibility. Nuclear propulsion may also complement this submarine, which makes it a virtually limitless range.
Interestingly, the lower tail is rather short, indications indicating the class may be intended for use in coastal waters closer to the shore than the larger ballistic missile submarine. The smaller lower surface control will be more shielded from damage than larger tail assembly sizes, aimed at operating in deeper waters. Water-mounted power plants are likely to be retractable.
There is an indication that Project 545 Laika will have a number of composite materials, including the hull surface, the control surface, as well as the propeller shaft, and the propeller itself, although this is very difficult to verify, The National Interest reported.
However, Russia is heading to a massive development stage. Unlike the United States Navy or the British Navy, Russia prefers the diversity of submarine design. Although not efficient from the construction point of view, having a wide range of submarines can enable a wider range of missions.
In addition, unlike the United States that only have nuclear submarines, Russia still maintains a combination of nuclear and conventional fleet. Russia has so far maintained its status as one of the largest submarine fleet in the world.