Lada class/Amur-class (Project 677) Patrol submarine – Russia

The Project 677 or Lada class is a diesel-electric patrol submarine, developed by the Rubin design bureau (The Amur designation is applied for boats of the same class intended for the export market).  It is an improved version of the Kilo class, fitted with an air-independent propulsion and new combat systems. It is claimed that the Lada class is much quieter than its predecessor. It is worth mentioning that the Kilo class achieved respectable export sales. Its major operators are China, India and Iran.

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The lead boat was laid down at the Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg in 1997 and launched in 2004. It was commissioned in 2010 and serves in a Baltic Fleet. The Admiralty Shipyard is building another three submarines of this class, however their construction was suspended.  In 2013 construction of the second boat resumed.


It is designed for anti-submarine and anti-ship defense of naval bases, coastal installations and sea lanes, as well as patrol and surveillance tasks.

The Lada class features a new anti-sonar coating for the hull resulting in low acoustic signature. Submarines are fitted with sophisticated sonar equipment with bow and flank arrays, as well as towed array.

Molniya (Lightning) antisonar coating

The submarine has a solid hull made of unique highstrength steel alloys. •According to Rubin, the ship features a new efficient antisonar coating of the hull new generation “Molniya” (“Lightning”). •The submarine hull also has a new multi-layered rubber cover providing almost complete absorption of own noises generated by submarine mechanisms, and sonar echo signals. The submarine, its propulsion plant, machinery and weapons systems can be controlled either from the main control room or from separate battle stations.

IMDS-2011_28-LImage: Vitaly V. KuzminIMDS-2011_29-LImage: Vitaly V. KuzminIMDS-2011_30-LImage: Vitaly V.

The entire ship has been automated to facilitate operations managing them from submarine’s main control room. An Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system based on oxygen-hydrogen fuel cells is being offered for Amur-class submarines as option to achieve extended immersion endurance.

Lada Main control room 

Main control room Lada 

The new diesel-electric propulsion system is arranged in a modular compartment which can be plugged into the basic submarine.   A radio electronic equipment of a new generation, variable-speed permanent-magnet propulsion motor and storage battery with increased service life are provided to the 4th generation Russian non-nuclear submarine.

Amur_cut_2Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system based on oxygen-hydrogen fuel cells module

According to estimates, Kristall-27E AIP system will increase the Amur Class submarines’ submerged endurance by 15 to 45 days (the longer endurance is ensured by a short-term operation of the diesel engine in the snorkeling mode). •The Kristall-27E AIP plant, featuring the intermetallid storage of hydrogen, cryogenic storage of oxygen and low-temperature electrochemical generator with alkali matrix electrolyte, fully meets all requirements including those of fire/detonation safety, and can beat the AIP system of Project 212 submarines, surpassing it in terms of fuel efficiency and shore-based support facilities due to the availability of dedicated autonomous shore-based refueling complex.

Concept of a fuel cell

Concept of a fuel cell

The anode (negative electrode) receives the hydrogen and the cathode (positive electrode) collects the oxygen. Source: US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Russia to Upgrade its First Project 677 Lada-class Submarine St. Petersburg: Here


“There are plans to carry out the medium repair of the ship and upgrade it to the level of the first serial-produced submarine of the type. The work will take from two to three years,” the source said, without specifying when the repair would begin. 

Project 677 lead Lada-class submarine St. Petersburg passed all Russian Navy tests: Here


The Project 677 Lada-class lead diesel-electric submarine (SSK) B-585 Saint Petersburg has passed all the main types of tests and substantiated its design characteristics. Thus, favorable conditions have been created for the domestic industry to receive additional orders from Russia’s Ministry of Defense for ships of this type and conclude contracts for the export version, Amur 1650, under military-technical cooperation, the Zvezda TV channel reported.

Project 677 was developed under the supervision of Rubin’s General Designer Yuri Kormilitsyn. The primary mission for SSKs of this type is to search and destroy enemy submarines. Having implemented a lot of new technologies and advanced design solutions, the Rubin Central Design Bureau of Marine Engineering developed a unique ship. During its trials in the Baltic Sea and later (from mid-2013 to the present) at the Northern Fleet’s testing ranges, St. Petersburg demonstrated excellent “hunter” capabilities. In dueling situations with surface ships and submarines of other projects, the boat was the first to detect a simulated enemy. This gave its commander an opportunity to occupy an advantageous attack position and unexpectedly conduct a simulated launch

The Amur 1650/Lada submarine has been designed to operate in the littoral environment, in deep water and shallow water areas, and in any climate worldwide.

The Lada class has six 533-mm torpedo tubes for a mix of 18 torpedoes or tube-launched missiles. These include Alfa (NATO designation SS-N-27 Sizzler) multi-role cruise missiles, or Oniks (SS-N-26) anti-ship cruise missiles.

Six 533-mm torpedo tubes

3M-54 Klub 



3M54K – US DoD designation SS-N-27A (NATO codename “Sizzler”). An anti-shipping variant deployed by the Russian Navy, as a submarine launched missile, Its basic length is 8.22 m (27.0 ft), with a 200 kg (440 lb) warhead. Its range is 440–660 km (270–410 mi). It is a Sea-skimmer with supersonic terminal speed and a flight altitude of 4.6 metres (15 ft) at its final stage; its speed is then Mach 2.9. Source



3M14K – US DoD designation SS-N-30A. An inertial guidance land attack variant deployed by the Russian Navy. The submarine-launched weapon has a basic length of 6.2 m (20 ft), with a 450 kg (990 lb) warhead. Its range is 1,500–2,500 km (930–1,550 mi). Its subsonic terminal speed is Mach 0.8. Source

Oniks (SS-N-26) anti-ship cruise missile

Oniks (SS-N-26) anti-ship cruise missiles.  The P-800 Oniks (Russian: П-800 Оникс; English: Onyx), also known in export markets as Yakhont (Russian: Яхонт; English: ruby), is a Soviet/Russian supersonic anti-ship cruise missile developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya as a ramjet version of P-80 Zubr. Its GRAU designation is 3M55 , air launched Kh-61 variant. Development officially started in 1983, and by 2001 allowed the launch of the missile from land, sea, air and submarine. The missile has the NATO reporting codenameSS-N-26 “Strobile”. It is reportedly a replacement for the P-270 Moskit, but possibly also for the P-700 Granit. The P-800 was reportedly used as the basis for the joint Russian-Indian supersonic missile BrahMos. Ramjet using kerosene liquid fuel Oniks (version for Russia): 600km (max range) Yakhont (export version): 120 to 300 km (74.6 to 186.4 mi) depending on altitude.  Mach 2.5

The lead boat is currently used only as a test vessel for testing various equipment, rather than for active duty. In 2013 construction of the second boat resumed. In 2015 construction of the third boat resumes. These boats were heavily redesigned and are now built to an improved project.


Amur class, or Project 1650, a less capable version, intended for export. It is named after the Amur river. Design work has been completed for a whole family of submarines with a displacement ranging from 550 to 1 850 tons and various weapon systems.


In Febraury 2014, the Russian Navy announced that the Lada class attack submarines would be equipped with an air-independent ultra-quiet propulsion system beginning in 2016. It can be outfitted with custom equipment depending on customer requirements. These ships may be fitted with vertical launch missile silos.

Amur-class submarine

The Amur-class submarine (named for the Amur River), is one of the latest Russian submarine designs. It is advertised as an export version of the Lada-class, a modernised version of the Kilo-class submarine with improved acoustic stealth, new combat systems, and an option for air-independent propulsion(AIP).

The new vessels are the fourth generation of the Kilo submarine family, with two models developed.

As advertised, the Amur-1650 is larger and intended for longer missions. The Amur-950 is armed with a VLS missile system capable of salvo-fire at multiple predesignated targets. Sonar signatures of these submarines are several times lower than the older Kilo-class submarines.[1] Both designs are equipped with electronic warfare armament of the newer generation created on the basis of the latest science and technology. They can be outfitted with AIP fuel cells, considerably improving submerged endurance and range. AIP capability can be added in a hull extension plug either during new build construction, or as a refit to existing boats.

The builder claims these vessels can operate in all areas of the world except areas with solid ice cover, in all weather conditions, and in shallow and deep water.

Planned versions

The submarine “Amur 950” has less displacement than a class submarines “Kilo” and “Amur-1650” Example of vertical launch missile silos which could also be fitted on Amur-1650/Lada ClassGKP_01 Main control room of Amur 

Class overview

Name: Amur class
Builders: Rubin Design BureauAdmiralty ShipyardSaint Petersburg.
Operators:  Russian Navy
Preceded by: Lada class
Subclasses: Amur-950, Amur-1650
Cost: $450,000,000
Planned: ~11
Completed: 0
General characteristics
Type: Submarine
Displacement: 950 long tons (970 t) surfaced
Length: 58.8 m (192 ft 11 in)
Beam: 5.65 m (18 ft 6 in)
Height: 6.4 m (21 ft 0 in)
Speed: 20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h)
Range: ·350 nmi (650 km) AIP

·3,000 nmi (5,600 km) Snorkel

Endurance: 45 days
Test depth: 250 m (820 ft)
Complement: 18
Armament: ·4 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes

·16 torpedoes

·10 VLS cells

Amur data

Lada Class Submarine

Entered service 2010
Crew 38 men
Diving depth (operational) ~ 250 m
Diving depth (maximum) 300 m
Sea endurance 45 days
Dimensions and displacement
Length 72 m
Beam 7 m
Draught 6.5 m
Surfaced displacement 1 675 tons
Submerged displacement 2 700 tons
Propulsion and speed
Surfaced speed 10 knots
Submerged speed 20 knots
Diesel generators 2 x 3 499 hp
Electric motors 1 x 5 576 hp
Missiles Alfa (SS-N-27 Sizzler) cruise missile, Oniks (SS-N-26) anti-ship cruise missile
Torpedoes 6 x 533-mm torpedo tubes, for 18 torpedoes, anti-submarine or anti-ship missiles
Other mines in place of missiles and torpedoes


Updated Aug 15, 2017

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6 thoughts on “Lada class/Amur-class (Project 677) Patrol submarine – Russia

    1. nonothai Post author

      Thanks for the vid really helpful no wonder the standard config of the Armur has no AIP and the control room is less sophisticated than the Lada I just added the Armur control room pic yesterday


  1. Nicky

    In my Opinion, Thailand should have gone with the Lada/Kilo class SSK. At least with Russia, you get the Transfer of Technology, where you can build your own SSK Submarines.


      1. Nicky

        You can still launch missiles from a torpedo tube that was clearly demonstrated by Russia on a Kilo class SSK. What I think Thailand is looking is for an SSK to act as a Cruise missile platform and any SSK is capable of launching a cruise Missile via a torpedo tube.


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