The Kilo Class 636 Submarine

An overview of the Russian-built Type 636 Diesel-Electric Attack submarine.

A thorough explanation on the make-up and functions of the Russian Kilo-Class 636 attack submarine. The paper includes information on the design, depths, propulsion, engines and speeds, technology, weapons, Soviet operations and inventory of the submarine.
“Stealth is the most important element of a submarine. The Kilo was, at one time, the stealthiest submarine in the world. If necessary, she could completely shut down all systems, and just float beneath the surface, in order to avoid detection. A nuclear boat cannot do this because if the reactor were shut down, it would take equipment only available in port to start it up again.”