Philip wrote:The configuration of the new Husky class which will take over after the current Yasen class is complete in the early part of the next decade is v.interesting. Supposed to be smaller and cheaper than the Yasens while equally or more capable, has two VLS modules forward and aft of a very streamlined sail.These carry an estimated 40+ missiles, including hypersonic missiles and even sub- launched UCAVs apart from a heavy load of torpedoes, etc.
This is something that the designers of our new SSN class could take a hard look at.The desi SSN would be still smaller than the Husky from available info., but would be tasked to carry BMos-H, or other desi missiles lkke Nirbhay,etc., apart from standard anti-sub and anti-ship weaponry.It would have to be a multi-role boat instead of being a dedicated HUK.
Walk before you try to run the Olympics. While there are times you can leapfrog generations, it is worth noting that even the famed Rubin and Malachite design bureaus are having trouble right now, with experimental construction on the Husky (malachite) not expected before 2023 (and I'll bite my hat if you actually get a submarine out by 2027
) and Rubin's design for a similar cheaper boomer successor being recently rejected.
Meanwhile there's a lot of 'aspirational' wording that gets folded into such Russian statements. The reality, though is that as TASS reports
The results of the R&D work that has been carried out by now to design this submarine "have been recognized as unsatisfactory" as "they fail to meet the customer’s requirements,"
Brahmos-H is unlikely to make it anytime soon/in these time frames, definitely not sooner than Zircon. UCAV can be possibly seen on other Russian boats before ; certainly Kanyon would
, if it ever makes it to production/operationalization. (I doubt the practicality and funding of such a limited second use weapon)
The concepts, are interesting (smaller, cheaper, more automation, robotics, new armament, same universal launching platforms, quieter, early investigation of composites
) I could easily add even more concepts from Virginia class/Columbia class , but like I said, this has to ultimately become a realizable and practical design that gets implemented in a timely fashion.