RPK-2 Vyuga

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RPK-2 Vyuga
(NATO reporting name: SS-N-15 'Starfish')
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Mission profile
TypeAnti-submarine/ship missile
Place of originSoviet Union
Service history
In service1969current
Used byRussia
Production history
Designed1960s
Specifications
Warhead≥5 kt thermonuclear warhead or a Type 40 torpedo
Warhead weight2445 kg

Propellantsolid fuel rocket
Operational
range
35–45 km (22–28 mi)
Maximum speed Mach 0.9
Guidance
system
Inertial guidance
Launch
platform
Akula, Oscar, Typhoon, Alfa, Delta, Kilo, Borei

The RPK-2 Vyuga (Russian : РПК-2 Вьюга, blizzard ; NATO reporting name: SS-N-15 Starfish), also designated as 81R, is a Soviet submarine-launched, nuclear-armed anti-submarine missile system, launched exclusively through 533mm torpedo tubes. The system was designed in Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR in the 1960s.

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Analogous to the ASROC missile carried by US Navy vessels, it is designed to be fired from a 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tube. It is boosted by a choice of mechanisms depending on model before clearing the water, firing a solid fuel rocket and delivering its payload up to 45 km (28 mi) away. The payload ranges from a simple depth charge to a 200 kt thermonuclear warhead.

Design

The RPK-2 uses a 82R torpedo or 90R nuclear depth charge in the 533 mm version, and a 83R torpedo carrying[ clarification needed ] or 86R nuclear depth charge in 650 mm version.

Both submarine- and surface-launched versions exist. The surface-launched versions are used by the Slava, Kirov, Neustrashimyy and Udaloy classes. The submarine-launched versions are used by the Akula, Oscar, Typhoon, Delta, Kilo, and Borei classes. However, the munition package used in either is identical and hence the ship-launched version is launched into the water and submerges before firing its engines.

Operators

Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
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