Russian Navy SSGN Oscar II Class...

    Russian Navy SSGN Oscar II Class Kursk Cruise Missile Submarine

    Plastic model kit from HOBBY BOSS, for the assembly of a Russian submarine SSGN Oscar II Class Kursk Cruise Missile Submarine, in 1/350 scale.

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    Plastic model kit from HOBBY BOSS, for the assembly of a Russian submarine SSGN Oscar II Class Kursk Cruise Missile Submarine, in 1/350 scale. Includes sprues with plastic parts, assembly instructions, P.E. parts and decals.

    The Oscar class, Soviet designations Project 949 Granit and Project 949A Antey, (NATO reporting names Oscar I and Oscar II respectively), are a series of nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines designed in the Soviet Union for the Soviet Navy. They are currently in service with the Russian Navy with some of the vessels planned to be modernized as Project 949AM, to extend their service life and increase combat capabilities. The Project 949 submarines were the largest cruise missile submarines in service until some Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines were converted to carry cruise missiles in 2007. They are the fourth largest class of submarines in displacement and length. Only the Soviet Typhoon-class, Russian Borei-class and American Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines are larger.

    Eleven Project 949A Antey submarines were completed at Severodvinsk, of which five were assigned to the Soviet Northern Fleet. At one stage it had been planned to develop a new fourth-generation follow-on to the Project 949A, but this plan was later dropped. The external differences between the two classes were that the 949A class is about 10 meters (33 ft) longer than its predecessor (approximately 154 meters, 505 ft rather than 143 m, 469 ft), providing space and buoyancy for improved electronics and quieter propulsion. Some sources speculate that the acoustic performance of the Oscar II class is superior to early Akula class but inferior to the Akula II class as well as subsequent (4th generation) designs. It also has a larger fin, and its propellers have seven blades instead of four. Like all post-World War II Soviet designs, they are of double hull construction. Similarly, like other Soviet submarine designs, Project 949 not only has a bridge open to the elements on top of the sail but, for use in inclement weather, there is an enclosed bridge forward and slightly below this station. A distinguishing mark is a slight bulge at the top of the fin. A large door on either side of the fin reaches this bulge. These are wider at the top than on the bottom, and are hinged on the bottom. The Federation of American Scientists reports that this submarine carries an emergency crew escape capsule; it is possible that these doors cover it. The VSK escape capsule can accommodate 110 people.

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