Russia’s Arkhangelsk submarine debuts, bolstering its hypersonic nuclear threat alongside Belgorod.

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  • Arkhangelsk:
    • The K-564 Arkhangelsk is a Yasen-M class multi-purpose submarine.
    • It was recently launched from the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, Russia.
    • Key features:
      • Displacement: Approximately 13,800 tons submerged (almost twice the size of an American Virginia-class submarine).
      • Armament: Equipped with 10 torpedo tubes and 32 vertical cells for cruise missiles.
      • Missiles: It carries Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missiles (also known as Zircon), which are nuclear-capable and can accelerate up to Mach 9 (nine times the speed of sound).
      • Range: The Tsirkon missile has a range of up to 1,000 kilometers.
      • Purpose: The Yasen-M class submarines play a crucial role in Russia’s ongoing naval arms race with NATO.
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These submarines represent significant advancements in Russia’s naval capabilities, emphasizing the importance of hypersonic weapons in modern warfare.

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