project 941

The Project 941 submarine (NATO reporting name: Typhoon) is a type of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine deployed by the Soviet Navy in the 1980s. With a submerged displacement of 48,000 tons, the Typhoons are the largest class of submarine ever built, large enough to accommodate decent living facilities for the crew when submerged for months on end.


Project 941 Akula, Russian Акула (Shark), known in the west as the Typhoon class of nuclear ballistic missile submarines.

At a submerged displacement of 48,000 metric tons (47,240 long tons), a length of 175 meters (574 ft 2 in), a beam of 23 meters (75 ft 6 in) and a draught of 12 meters (39 ft 4 in), they are the biggest submarines ever made, with six units build starting in the early 80′s, and only one remaining in limited service with the russian navy as a testbed platform for a new generation of SLBMs.

Project 941 ‘Akula’ (NATO Reporting name: Typhoon)

This fearsome family is the largest class of Submarine ever to hit the waves, coming in at a colossal 175m.

I have recently come across an album of photos taken by a Russian who managed to gain access to inside one of these fearsome beasts of war:

Photo taken from the rear of the coning tower:

Looking across over the 20 Ballistic Missile Tubes:

Photo from the front of the coning tower:

Inside the outer casing and coning tower:

Descending into the Command Center:

Inside the Command Center:

Into the corridors:

Into the Torpedo Bays:

I’m glad I came across this album, the Typhoon is quite a mighty beast and to see inside it is a treat!