Top 10 Deadliest Submarines

No 2. Akula II Class – Soviet Union

Units built 15
Active 9
Speed 12 knots – Surfaced33 knots – Submerged
Endurance 100 days
Range Effectively unlimited
Weapons carried 4 x 650 mm and 4 x 533-mm torpedo tubes for up to 40 torpedoes or missiles


Up to 42 mines in place of torpedoes

First built in 1991, the Akula II is the improved version of Akula. The Akula II, was in one way, better than Akula in noise reduction systems and this was a great concern for the West, as they considered acoustics the most significant advantage in US submarine technology.

No 1. Virginia Class – USA

Units built 7
Active 7
Speed 25+ knots
Endurance Effectively unlimited
Range Effectively unlimited
Weapons carried 12 x vertical launch system tubes for UGM-109 Tomahawk missiles4 x 533-mm bow tubes for Mk.48 torpedoes


Smart mines in place of torpedoes

These were designed to replace the ageing Los Angeles class submarines. The Virginia-class incorporates several innovations not previously seen in other submarine classes. Instead of a traditional periscope, the class utilizes a pair of telescoping photonics masts located outside the pressure hull. Each mast contains high-resolution cameras, along with light-intensification and infrared sensors, an infrared laser rangefinder, and an integrated Electronic Support Measures (ESM) array.


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