Meet AC-40, the cutest little Russki sub
The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation last week posted images of the Pacific fleet submarine rescue unit at work.
As noted by my friend HI Sutton over at Covert Shores, “They show a Project 18270 BESTER rescue submersible (DSRV – Deep Sea Rescue Vehicle) deploying from the rescue ship Igor Belousov. Also shown is a British-built Saab SeaEye Tiger ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle). The same ship and BESTER DSRV AC-40 was tested in the Baltic in 2015.”
The Russians have two Besters, Northern Fleet based AC-38 and AC-40, and the 40-foot/39-ton rescue subs have a limited endurance and can pick up 16-18 submariners on each trip. They are not built for combat, and are capable of poking around at just 3 knots– but they can ascend/descend at about 60 feet per second once they get going.