When in comes to naval combat, top-notch submarines are the deadliest machines to deploy. They are perfect both for defensive and offensive combat because they have impressive artillery capacity and they can have an endurance of of at least 200 days, which means that they can go submerged without need of resurfacing, making them the silent killers during naval combat. They also have a refueling capacity for more than two decades! They are able to launch both land-attack missiles and torpedo tubes, all integrated in an impressive launch system capable of targeting enemy submarine thousands of miles away. From Russia, China, United Kingdom, to United States Navy, here are the 10 Deadliest Submarines in the World!
10- Sierra Class, Russia
One of the most important naval combat submarines in Russian history is the Sierra Class constructed by the Old Soviet Union; however, there are still two models that remained in service until today. This submarine is known to run up to 10 knots if surfaced and up to 32 knots when underwater. It fires the Starfish or Stallion missiles, the Samson cruise missiles, or 4 torpedo tubes. It is built with titanium, allowing it to dive deeper notwithstanding pressure and can last submerged for more than 200 days.
9- Rubis Class, France
For France, the Rubis Class submarine is their deadliest naval combat submarine. It was constructed in 1979 and known to be the first nuclear-armed submarine of the country’s navy, although, as of today, there are only six remaining units of this deadly machine. It is known to have over 25 knots of speed and carries 4 anti-submarine tubes with 14 Exocet missiles for combat. It has an impressive refueling range of more than two decades!
8- Los Angeles Class, United States
The premiere submarine unit of United States, the Los Angeles Class remains one of the deadliest submarines today. From the original 62 units, there are still 44 units that remain in active service of the US navy that are being used for gathering intelligence and, of course, battling with enemy submarines. It has one of the most coveted technology armed with Tomahawk missiles which can be fired during land combat, a Harpoon anti-surface missile, and MK60 mines. Although its endurance is only for an average of 30 days, it is offset by its refueling capacity of 30 years!
7- Type 093 Shang Class, China
On the part of China’s naval combat, their Type 093 Shang Class is considered to the top-notch deadliest. Currently, there are only three units of this deadly machine that is on the active service of their navy although the Chinese government is ready to deploy another five more units. It boasts of a speed of 35 knots and endurance of 80 days which makes it perfect for long distance missions. It carries the YJ-82 anti-submarine missile and 6 torpedo tubes, with an unlimited range!
6- Type VII U-Boat, Germany
Known as one of the most popular submarines in the world, mainly due to its lethal effect during the previous wars, the Type VII U-Boat of Germany continues to be regarded as one of the deadliest submarines there is – even though it was built for the WWI. This class became the blueprint for the German Navy’s submarine to follow, armed with torpedo tubes and anti-aircraft guns. However, after the WWII, many of its 700 original units were lost and never recovered.
5- Seawolf Class, United States
By the end of the cold war, in 1989, another deadly submarine was created by the Unites States Navy named as the Seawolf Class and three remain in active service. It was considered a “breakthrough” in submarine technology, considering that it already has a speed of 35 knots – and that is only when the ship is surfaced! Measuring over 107 meters, it has a capacity to shelter 40 crew members. It has an impressive artillery capacity of 660mm torpedo tubes and known to be the quietest submarine made, simply a “Silent Killer”.
4- HMS Ambush, United Kingdom
Just recently launched in 2012, the HMS Ambush is one of the finest and most lethal submarines of the British Royal Navy. It has an impressive speed of 500 miles and a target range of over 1,200 miles. Its massive built is capable of housing up to 98 crew members and its high-technology enables it to detect long range. Probably its most important feature is its endurance of 25 years!
3- Akulla II Class, Russia
The Soviet Union built 15 units of this class, but only nine remains in active service in the Russian navy. It has integrated a noise reduction system, meaning its acoustics are almost at par with the submarines produced by the West. It has a top speed of 12 knots while surfaced, but can speed up to 33 knots when underwater. Endurance lasts up to 100 days with an unlimited range. It can carry four torpedo tubes for up to 40 torpedoes or missiles.
2- Astute Class, United Kingdom
Considered as the most lethal nuclear-powered attack submarine, the Astute Class is the best of the British Royal Navy both for defensive and offensive naval combat. Although there is only one unit in active service today, there are already six more additional units to be built soon. It is armed with over 38 torpedoes, Tomahawk missiles, and Harpoon anti-ship missiles with a speed of 29 knots. It has an impressive endurance of 90 days with an unlimited range. It is said that it is built with the most modern pressurized water reactor in submarine technology.
1- Virginia Class, United States
A successor of the lethal Los Angeles Class, the Virginia Class of the United States was refined to make it more dangerous to enemy submarines. Currently, there are already 7 units in active service of the Navy. It boasts of a maximum speed of 25 knots and an impressive unlimited range and endurance. Its coveted technology includes high-resolution cameras, infrared sensors and laser rangefinder, and artillery capacity including 109 Tomahawk missiles and 4 MK48 torpedo tubes integrated in a 12 vertical launch system.