BLUFDuring the Cold War, the Soviet Union tried to improve its submarine capability by building seven fast (41 knots), deep-diving titanium submarines—however, they were not a success.
Alex Betley writing in 19FORTYFIVE makes the following points:
- Early Cold War | Summary, Causes, History, Years, Timeline, & Facts | Britannicahttps://www.britannica.com/event/Cold-War Soviet nuclear submarines were less stealthy and reliable than Western submarines.
- The Soviet Lira-class (NATO ALPHA Class) had a titanium hull and unique reactor, making it the fastest, deepest-diving submarine ever.
- Titanium is as strong as steel but half the weight enabling deeper dives; however, it’s three to five times more expensive.
- The Soviet Union scrapped the titanium-clad submarine in the early nineties as they were expensive to maintain and easy to detect.
- MILITARY HISTORY: INDEX of PAGES AND COLLECTIONS ON THE RAAF RUNWAY
- SUBMARINES & AUKUS—01: COLLECTION | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
- AUG 2016 Hunter for Red October plans for comeback-Barents Observer
- DEC 2021 Here’s Why the US Didn’t Attempt To Match Russia’s Titanium Submarines-War History Online