Just like most countries, the UK does not hesitate in splashing out billions of pounds on the latest submarine technology. In fact, it appears to be one area which compromises are never made, with the government keen to maintain their strong defence systems whatever the cost.
Considering how much money the country invests into each submarine, it should come as no surprise to hear that the UK’s are some of the most powerful in the world. They only use the best parts, from suppliers such as Tru Flo Marine, and all this is generally accepted in a bid to maintain security. However, they do have competition, with the rest of this post sifting through the four deadliest subs that grace the world’s waters…
We’ve already spoken a lot about how the UK likes to invest heavily in their subs, and it’s all there to see with the Astute class. Most of the systems in this class carry no fewer than 38 weapons, with the main missiles being ones of the famous Tomahawk variety. They have an incredible range of 2,500km and when this is combined with a top speed of 30 knots, it goes without saying that subs in the Astute category can be absolutely lethal. You’d have to imagine that this class is only going to get stronger as well, with the Royal Navy still to release a further five subs as part of the Astute range over the next few years.
While some of the statistics in relation to the Astute class might be impressive, when it comes to the US’ Seawolf class things take a completely different turn. We mentioned previously how Astute subs held an impressive top speed of 30 knots, but even this is trumped by Seawolf with the systems being able to travel up to 35 knots whilst submerged. In terms of weaponry, Seawolf also triumphs, with the American subs able to carry 50 torpedo missiles amongst other types.
Akula II Class
The Russians have always developed impressive subs and the Akula II Class is no exception. It actually made its ‘debut’ in the mid-1980s and the fact that its name translates to ‘Shark’ in Russian says everything you need to know about its capabilities. It has a decent speed, reaching 33 knots whilst submerged, but perhaps the standout feature with this sub is its ability to deploy mines. It can deploy no fewer than 42 of them, meaning that it holds a big advantage over all of the other subs that have been explored through this contribution.
Type 093-Shang Class
On first look, the Type 093-Shang Class which is by the Chinese doesn’t look too impressive. After all, it’s 110m length is nothing in comparison to some of the other inclusions on our list, while its displacement statistics are also significantly less. However, when we take a look at the range things take a turn for the dangerous, with the Type 093-Shang Class having an unlimited range which makes them absolutely vicious when the time for missile launch arises.