Project 971M  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2018
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Akula III, Leopard and Supershark
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Zvezdochka
Parent System: Project 971
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 30 December 1984
Total Production: 16
Family Members: Project 971 and Project 971A
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Description: The Project 971-class nuclear-powered submarines, Akula NATO-codename and Schuka-B Russian designation, have been designed to engage surface ships, submarines, and ground targets using nuclear and conventional weapons. They feature a double-hull design with four 533mm and four 650mm torpedo tubes. They can launch torpedoes, missiles, mines and rockets through the eight torpedo tubes.

The third generation Project 971 Akula nuclear-powered attack submarine is an extensive upgrade being applied to existing Project 971 boats operated by the Russian Navy. The upgraded submarine carries new life support systems, new radio and hydro-acoustic communications. Besides, the upgraded Akula is stealthier being fitted with a two-tier anti-vibration mechanism based upon elastic foundations and each one is separated from the next by pneumatic shock absorbers. The Project 971M submarines are armed with Kalibr-PL land attack cruise missile, Kalibr anti-ship missiles and Shkval jet-powered torpedoes. The first boat to undergo this modernization was the Kuzbass and is expected to be commissioned by the Russian Navy in April 2016, delayed to 2018. The Zvezda shipyard, at the Primorye territory, is the responsible for carrying out the modernization process.

Project 971M News

There are 2 news between
11 Mar 2016 and 28 Apr 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017Russian Navy to Get Back Leopard Nuclear Submarine Upgraded to 971M Standard in 2018
Friday, March 11, 2016Upgraded Akula Nuclear Submarine Becomes Stealthier

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 81
Defensive Weapons
Offensive Weapons

Project 971M Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
K-419 Kuzbass-2020-
K-328 Leopard-2018-
K-157 Vepr-2019-
K-295 Samara-2020-
K-332 Kashalot-2020-
K-331 Magadan-2020-
K-391 Bratsk-2020-
K-461 Volk-2020-

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