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RFS Dmitry Donskoy TK-208 (four)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

RFS Dmitry Donskoy TK-208 Russian Submarine 4
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RFS Dmitry Donskoy TK-208 (Wallpaper 4) Today marks the 30 year anniversary of the Dmitri Donskoi’s commissioning into the Russian fleet. This relic of the Cold War remains an impressive example of Russian ingenuity and resourcefulness - it is assembled almost entirely out of rusty food tins and fueled by potato-derived biofuel. Nicknamed “The Toasty Sausage” by her sailors, the Dmitri Donsoki provided a welcome respite from the freezing temperatures and systemic food shortages of 80’s Soviet Russia. Commander Sasha Konsonantchev recalls: “We once spent an entire month circling Iceland because I was forced to replace our navigator with a party minister who wanted to go on vacation. After we figured out we were lost we had a big laugh. Then we drew lots and shot the five men who drew the shortest so we would have enough food to make it home. RFS Dmitry Donskoy TK-208 (Wallpaper 4). It was a good time.” Designed with stealth in mind, this Typhoon-class sub was never very quick. The Dmitri Donskoi was capable of only 27 knots while submerged, which is somewhere around 10 MPH land speed. Below is a chart comparing the top speed of the Dmitri Donskoi and my friend, Terry. The design of the Typhoon submarine is multi-hulled and bears resemblance to a catamaran. The submarine has two separate pressure hulls with a diameter of 7.2 m each, five inner habitable hulls and 19 compartments. The pressure hulls are arranged parallel to each other and symmetrical to a centerplane. The missile compartment is arranged in the upper part of the bow between the pressure hulls. Both hulls and all compartments are connected by transitions. The pressure hulls, the centerplane and the torpedo compartment are made of titanium and the outer light hull is made of steel. A protected module, comprising the main control room and electronic equipment compartment, is arranged behind the missile silos above the main hulls in a centerplane under the guard of retractable devices. The submarine's design includes features to enable it to both travel under ice and for ice-breaking. It has an advanced stern fin with horizontal hydroplane fitted after the screws. The nose horizontal hydroplanes are in the bow section and are retractable into the hull. The retractable systems include two periscopes (one for the commander and one for general use), radio sextant, radar, radio communications, navigation and direction-finder masts. They are housed within the sail guard. The sail and sail guard have a reinforced rounded cover for ice-breaking. The submarine is equipped with the D-19 launch system with 20 solid-fuel propellant R-39 missiles which have a range of up to 10,000 km. They are arranged in silos in two rows in front of the sail between the main hulls. RFS Dmitry Donskoy TK-208 (Wallpaper 4).



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