Soviet Cruise Missile Submarines of the Cold War

Soviet Cruise Missile Submarines of the Cold War

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  • Author: Edward Hampshire
  • Illustrator: Adam Tooby
  • Short code: NVG 260
  • Publication Date: 26 Jul 2018
  • Number of Pages: 48
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The Soviet Union's cruise missile submarines from the modified Whiskey, to the Oscar II classes were among the most formidable vessels of the Cold War. They were initially designed to carry land attack nuclear-tipped cruise missiles designed to strike targets on the eastern coast of the United States. By the late 1960s, however, submarine-launched ballistic missiles made the nuclear land-attack mission unnecessary, so existing classes were converted to the ‘carrier killer' role, armed with anti-ship cruise missiles designed to destroy US super-carriers and other important naval targets.

This fully illustrated study examines these powerful machines that were some of the largest and fastest submarines ever built. If war had broken out, they would have been at the forefront of the Soviet Navy's campaign to destroy NATO's sea power and cut America's sea link with Europe.

Biographical Note

Edward Hampshire is a historian at the Naval Historical Branch of the Ministry of Defence. He has lectured at the Joint Services Command and Staff College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and worked for ten years at the United Kingdom National Archives. He has written on the Cold War at sea, British defence policy and intelligence history, and is currently researching British naval policy in the 1980s. His publications include From East of Suez to Eastern Atlantic, British Naval Policy 1964-70 and (co-authored) British Intelligence: Secrets, Spies and Sources. This is his third book for Osprey.


Project 613 missile variants (Whiskey single cylinder, double cylinder, long-bin)
Project 659 (Echo I class)
Project 675 (Echo II class)
Project 651 (Juliett class)
Project 661 (Papa class)
Project 670A (Charlie I class)
Project 670M (Charlie II class)
Project 949 (Oscar I class)
Project 949A (Oscar II class)
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