From Julietts to Yasens

Development and Operational History of Soviet Nuclear-powered Cruise-Missile Submarines, 1958-2022

Alejandro A. Vilches Alarcón

For first time a comprehensive and exhaustive history about the design, construction and operation of soviet nuclear submarines and her cruise missiles. The research in the accidents suffered by the submarines is one of the most complete until today.
Date Published :
January 2023
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Illustration :
79 b/w photos, 28 color photos, 15 color profiles, 6 maps, 5 diagrams, 17 tables
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781915070685
Pages : 100
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


In the aftermath of the Second World War, the Soviet Union embarked upon the rebuilding of its naval forces for a new era of naval warfare; one dominated by Western nuclear-armed aircraft carriers that posed an existential threat to the USSR.  
One solution to the problems facing the Soviet Navy was to develop submarines armed with large, heavy, long-range stand-off anti-ship cruise missiles. These unique combinations of platforms and weapons systems would come to pose a threat that forced the US Navy to adapt its own naval strategy and equipment to counter them.
While never used in anger in their intended role, life aboard these submarines could be extremely hazardous for their crews, with a number of accidents – including the total loss of boats such as the Kursk – claiming many lives.  
From Julietts to Yasens is a comprehensive history of the design of the SSG and SSGN submarines, their weapons systems, and service history from the 1950s through to the present day, and includes details of the numerous accidents and incidents.
This volume is illustrated with many black and white and color photographs, and specially commission artworks of the submarines, the missiles they carried, and the men who crewed them.

About The Author

Alejandro A. Vilches Alarcón (Seville, 1980) Mr. Vilches have a Naval Engineering degree by the University of Cadiz, in Propulsion systems. During the last twenty years had worked in Spanish, French and UK shipyards, both in civilian and military projects. At the same time he had published articles in specialized magazines in Spanish, French, UK and US markets. Is also author of four books in Spanish language about Naval History, focused in Soviet Submarines and Second World War naval operations. Actually he works in Gibraltar shipyards.

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