From the archives: B-307 war Submarine in Togliatti, Russia
Well now the situation is very fluid, as they say, which means that I've no idea when I'll be able to fly or travel again. That's why I thought I'd take a minute to look in the archives, old phones and SD cards and stuff, and I came up with this. A war submarine I found in Togliatti, Russia. Yeah, I know it's not a car, but it's still pretty cool, right?
In the Summer of 2017, I was fortunate enough to drive a Korean made SUV (SsangYong, yeah I know) across Russia, from Ufa to Moscow, and during the 1000-mile journey we stopped at several interesting locations including the UAZ museum in Ulyanovsk and the Lada museum in Togliatti, which is part of a much, much bigger permanent open air exhibition called the "Technical Museum", basically a war museum, which is where the submarine rests.
This is a Tango-class B-307 submarine, built in the Soviet Union in the 1970s. Only 18 were made, in different variants, 15 have been "retired" and there are only 3 still in existence, including the one you see here. Wanna hear the best part? It's actually a hybrid.
It is powered by a monstrous 4.6 MW heart, that's more or less the equivalent of 6170 hp, which consists of 3 diesel engines, 3 shafts and 3 electric engines. The top speed was 13 knots, or 15 mph, when surfaced , and 16 knots (18 mph) when submerged.
It's huge. It's 91 mt in length and around 7 mt in draught. The draught of the ship is technically the vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom, so basically the ship's "height". It weighs 3,100 tons on the surface and 3,800 underwater.
I'd never seen a submarine before and it is quite the sight. There's some sort of halo around it, it's big and it oozes power and... inexorability.